Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 which came into force with effect from 9.11.1995 throughout the country provides for Central Authority at the national level which is called National Legal Services Authority (hereinafter referred to as NALSA). Hon’ble the Chief Justice of India is the Patron-in-Chief and another Hon’ble Judge of the Supreme Court is the Executive Chairman whereas an officer belonging to the Indian Judicial Service or the State Higher Judicial Service is the Member Secretary thereof.
There are twenty eight States and seven union territories comprising the Union of India and each State as also each Union Territory has a separate Legal Services Authority, constituted as such under the aforesaid Act. Haryana is one such State of the Union of India and the Haryana State Legal Services Authority (hereinafter referred to as ‘H.S.L.S.A’, having its Head Office at Chandigarh is the successor body of Haryana State Legal Services and Advice Committee which as governed by the “Haryana State Grant of Free Legal Service and Advice to the Poor Rules, 1982 ”(hereinafter referred to as the “Rules of 1982”). Pursuant to implementation of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 (hereinafter referred to as the "Act if 1987") with effect from 9.11.1995, the Haryana State Legal Services Authority Rules, 1996 (hereinafter referred to as the “HSLSA Rules of 1996”) read with the Haryana Legal Services Authority (Transaction of Business and Other Provisions) Regulations, 1998 (hereinafter referred to as “HSLSA Regulations of 1998”) now govern the functioning of this Authority.