Tihar Jail is one of the largest Jails in India. It along with Rohini Jail houses more than 12,000 prisoners. Observation Homes in Delhi also houses sizable number of Juveniles in conflict with law. Majority of the inmates belongs to weaker sections of the society. Sizeable number of the inmates are illiterate and poor. It has been noticed that several prisoners are linguishing in Jails since they are unable to fulfil surety conditions. It has been observed that in some cases appeals against convictions could not be filed due to communication gap between Legal Services Authorities and inmates. There is a need to build a framework by which prisoners who are unable to engage private lawyers can be represented in the court and their applications for bail, appeals and other grievances can be filed at the earliest. It is necessary to provide a systemic mechanism so that competent and timely legal aid is provided to inmates. There is need for awareness generation, augmentation of fleet of Para Legal Volunteers besides keeping a check on the panel lawyers, Jail visiting lawyers & Observation Home visiting lawyers to ensure that they work in an efficient, sincere and punctual manner.
Delhi State Legal Services Authority has 11 District Legal Services Authorities. Each Authority is functioning under supervision of a Judicial Officer of Senior Division. They are located at Tis Hazari Court, Patiala House Court, Karkardooma Court, Rohini Court, Dwarka Court & Saket Court