Entitlement

Every person who has to file or defend a case shall be entitled to legal services under this Act if that person is :
1. a member of a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe
2. a victim of trafficking in human beings or beggar as referred to in Art. 23 of the Constitution
3. a women or a child
4. a person with disability as defined in Cl. (i) of Sec. 2 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995
5. a person under circumstances of undeserved want such as being a victim of a mass disaster, ethnic violence, caste atrocity, flood, drought, earthquake or industrial disaster or
6. an industrial workman or
7. in custody, including custody in a protective home within the meaning of Cl. (g) of Sec. 2 of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 (104 of 1956) or in a Juvenile Home within the meaning of Cl. (j) of Sec. 2 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 1986 (53 of 1986) or in a psychiatric hospital or psychiatric nursing home within the meaning of Cl. (g) of Sec. 2 of the mental health Act, 1987 (14 of 1987); or
8. in respect of annual income less than rupees fifty thousand or such other higher amount as may be prescribed by the State Government if the case is before a Court other than the Supreme Court, and less than rupees fifty thousand or such other higher amount as may be prescribed by the Central Government, if the case is before the Supreme Court.

Entitlement to Legal Services

1. Persons who satisfy all or any of the criteria specified in Sec. 12 shall be entitled to receive legal services provided that the concerned Authority is satisfied that such person has a prima facie case to prosecute or to defend.
2. An affidavit made by a person as to his income may be regarded as sufficient or making him eligible to the entitlement of legal services under this Act. unless the concerned Authority has reason to disbelieve such affidavit.

Amendment of section 12(d) of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987

The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (No. 1 of 1996) which received the assent of the President on 1st January, 1996 has amended section 12(d) of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987.
Section 74 of the said Act, which has amended clause (i) of section 2 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, is to the following effect:
"74. Amendment of Act 39 of 1987. - In section 12 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, for clause (d), the following clause shall be substituted, namely:
"(d) a person with disability as defined in clause(i) of Section
Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of
Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995."
Clause ( i ) of Section 2 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, defines 'disability' as under:
"(i) 'disability' means -
( i ) blindness
(ii) low vision
(iii) leprosy-cured
(iv) hearing impairment
(v) locomotor disability
(vi) mental retardation
(vii) mental illness"