FUNCTIONS

  • A. HOW IT WORKS

In order to regulate speedy, effective and efficient system of work in the Department, all the works have been allotted into seven Desks:-

1. L.R’s (Legal Remembrancer’s) Desk

This desk exclusively deals with all court cases involving interest of the State Government right from the lowest grade of court to the highest. Engagement of lawyers, vetting of drafts prepared by the lawyers, examination of the proposals to file appeals, revisions including appeal against acquittal are the main functions of this desk. This apart, the fixation and review of the fees-structure of the government retained lawyers is also initiated from this desk.

2. L.A.(Legal Affairs) Desk

This desk handles all files relating to legal opinion received from all the departments, corporations and other public sector undertakings. Besides, recommendations of various commissions, committees and authorities are examined for formulating views and advising Government.

3. Leg (Legislative) Desk

All proposals for drafting of any Bill, Ordinance and vetting rules, notifications, regulations are handled by this desk. It monitors passage of every Bill and Ordinance including introduction, printing, proof reading, obtaining assent of the Governor and making reference to the Central Government for President’s assent.

4. P.A (Parliamentary Affairs) Desk

Being the Administrative Department of the Legislative Assembly, the Law (Parliamentary Affairs) Department deals with all matters including appointment of officers, creation of posts, summoning and proroguing the House, initiating business for consideration of the BAC and other related matters.

5. Establishment Desk

The desk looks after all matters relating to the High Court, State Judiciary, Tribunals, Commissions and legal agencies. Establishment of courts, creation of infrastructure, setting up of Tribunals and Commissions and appointment of Notaries are some of the important functions of this desk. 

6. Accounts Desk

The budget of the State Judiciary, Legal Remembrancer’s establishment, payment of fees of the retained and panel lawyers are the main functions of this desk.

7. Library Desk

Law Department has large number of law books in two Libraries; one is in the department and another in the office of the Advocate General at Agartala. Proposals for purchasing law books for the department’s library, library of the Advocate General and other retained lawyers are processed by this desk. Updating and up keeping the library are its main function. Central Acts, Rules and Ordinances are republished from this desk.

  • Internal Work System

Every desk contains 2 to 5 ministerial staff (Desk Person). One officer has been allotted one or more desks. He is called ‘Desk Officer’.

Duty Chart of each desk and its Desk Persons has been defined by Office Orders. Files from other departments seeking legal opinion, relating to court cases and other matters are received by this department. To ensure timely disposal of all such files and papers each officer of the department has been allotted specific number of departments. It is the duty of each desk to keep record of the files and papers allotted to it and put up before the officer who is in-charge of the department to whom the files or papers relate or belong. The concerned desk is responsible to record movement of each and every file and paper allotted to it from receipt to despatch. Desk Officers are required to personally supervise day to day works of their desks and submit weekly reports to the Law Secretary. 

Buff File System (BFS) and Out Department Folder System (ODFS) is in vogue in this department. Only final views are recorded in out going files and copies of internal noting and final views are preserved in the ODF of the concerned department. All these measures have ensured better distribution and speedier disposal of business.

  • Public Grievance Cell

There is a Public Grievance Cell in this department. Grievance against any activity of the department is disposed off within one month of receipt of such complaint. Moreover, anybody may file an online complaint or any query through a mail at e-mail id: glawdepartment[at]yahoo[dot]com

  • Complaint Committee on Sexual Harassment

Pursuant to the direction of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Vishaka & others VS The State of Rajasthan & others in Writ Petition (Criminal) No.666-670/1992 and Writ Petition (Criminal) No.173-177/1999, there is a six member ‘Departmental Complaint Committee on Sexual Harassment’ in the L.R’s Establishment of this department, to receive, monitor, inquire into the complaints relating to sexual harassment towards the working women in the work places. The Committee submits report to the Law Secretary after proper verification, on receipt of any complaint relating to such matter. The said Departmental Committee consists of the followings-

1 Smti. Jhuma Datta Chowdhury , DLC & Dy. Secretary, Law Chairperson
2 Smti. Basanti Das, Accountant, LR’s Establishment Member-Secretary
3 Smti. Jhunu Rani Saha, LDC, LR’s Establishment Member
4 Smti. Dalia Saha, Ld. Advocate Member
5 Sri Khagendra Debbarma, UDC, LR’s Establishment Member
6 Sri Krishna Bhatta, Law Clerk, LR’s Establishment Member
  • B. LEGAL OPINION

Files received from other departments, Corporate Bodies and Public Sector undertakings seeking legal opinion from the Law Department stand cleared within a week. Long pendency factors of old days have been completely wiped out. The departments are allocated among the officers of the Law Department, by an Office Order.

 

  • C. COURT CASE MANAGEMENT – INTRODUCTION OF NEW SYSTEM (WRIT, CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASES)

The State Government have engaged (i) one Standing Counsel and one Additional Standing Counsel in the Supreme Court (ii) one Standing Counsel in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and in the High Court at Guwahati (iii) one Government Advocate, two Additional Government Advocates, one Public Prosecutor and one Additional Public Prosecutor in the Agartala Bench of the Gauhati High Court (iv) Government Pleaders and Public Prosecutors in all District Head Quarters (v) Additional Government Pleaders and Additional Public Prosecutors in Dharmanagar, Kamalpur, Khowai, Sonamura and Belonia where courts of Additional District & Sessions Judges have been established. In each criminal court and Executive Magistrate Court one Assistant Public Prosecutor has been engaged. There are total 71 numbers of retained lawyers in the State except the Advocate General.

Click here to see the list of retained lawyers and their telephone numbers.
 

For effective defense and management of court cases the following new measures have been taken:-

i) Engagement of panel lawyers – shortcut procedure

The old and long procedure for engaging lawyers from panel for conducting cases has been discontinued and shortcut procedure has been adopted. This is being monitored from L.R’s Office located at the court complex itself. 

ii) Appointment of Nodal Officers and staff

At the initiative of the Law Department, Nodal Officer (Legal) and Nodal Staff (Legal) for every department have been appointed to exclusively deal with the court cases. They are responsible for taking every step in connection with court cases of their department. Compilation of guidelines has been issued to the Nodal Officers and staff for effective management of the Government cases. The Nodal Officers and Nodal Staff are given training every year through workshops organised by the Law Department. Problems and complicacy regarding court cases are categorically discussed in those workshops.

Daily Diary system for the court cases is to be maintained by the Nodal Officers (Legal) and Nodal Staff (Legal) and copy of that diary is to be sent to the Law Department.

iii) Introduction of lawyers brief

The lawyers brief are prepared from the L.R’s Office located at the court complex on the first receipt of the notice and handed over to the lawyer concerned for conduct of cases. Original files are not given to lawyers. 

iv) District and Sub-divisional Committees

For smooth conduction of both civil and criminal cases and to maintain a momentum in between the investigating officers and prosecutors, District level co-ordination Committees and Sub-divisional Monitoring Committees have been formed. Members of the District Committee are the District Magistrate & Collector, Superintendent of Police, Public Prosecutor, Government Pleader and Chief Medical Officer, whereas the members of the Sub-divisional Committee are the Sub Divisional Magistrate, Sub Divisional Police Officer, Additional Public Prosecutor/Additional Government Pleader/Assistant Public Prosecutor and Sub Divisional Medical Officer. The members of the each committee sit in a meeting every month and monitor the status of the court cases to send monthly report to the Law Department. 

v) District Monitoring Committees

With a view to ensure effective supervision of withdrawal of cases against surrendered extremists District Level Committees have been constituted to coordinate and monitor the works of prosecuting agency. In each of the three judicial Districts three separate five member committees have been formed under the chairmanship of the Public Prosecutor of the respective district. The committees monitor the filing of applications under Section 321 of the Cr.P.C, for withdrawal of cases against surrendered extremists, review the position of such application pending in different courts and take appropriate steps for filing revision against the order refusing to grant permission of withdrawal of such cases and inform the updated position of pending cases to the Home Department. The committees meet once in a month. 

 

  • D. LEGISLATION.

All State Laws are drafted, Processed and monitored by the Law Department from the stage of introduction in the Assembly to the stage of assent of the Governor or President. Bills are drafted by the Law Department.

Click here to see the list of principle legislations prepared by the Law Department during the period 2000 to 2012.

 

  • E. PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS.

It is the Administrative Department of the Tripura Legislative Assembly. Sessions of the Tenth Tripura Legislative Assembly, at a glance-

Sessions of 10th Legislative Assembly

Date of Summoning

Date of Adjournment

Number of sitting

First Session

17/3/2008

24/3/2008

05

Second Session

06/6/2008

26/6/2008

07

Third Session

21/11/2008

26/11/2008

04

Fourth Session

24/02/2009

12/3/2009

11

Fifth Session

31/8/2009

04/9/2009

05

Sixth Session

14/12/2009

16/12/2009

03

Seventh Session

02/3/2010

09/3/2010

05

Eighth Session

11/6/2010

01/7/2010

08

Ninth Session

29/10/2010

03/11/2010

04

Tenth Session

04/3/2011

29/3/2011

10

Eleventh Session

02/9/2011

05/9/2011

02

Twelfth Session

24/02/2012

22/3/2012

11

Thirteenth Session

21/9/2012

24/9/2012

02

Sessions of Eleventh Legislative Assembly, occurred so far, at a glance-

Sessions

Date of Summoning

Date of Adjournment

Number of sitting

First Session

15/3/2013

20/3/2013

04

Second Session

26/4/2013

14/5/2013

08

Third Session

01/7/2013

01/7/2013

01 (Spl. Session)

Fourth Session

26/9/2013

30/9/2013

03

Fifth Session

18/2/2014

11/3/2014

10

Sixth Session

29/8/2014

03/9/2014

04

 

One handbook on Parliamentary practice and procedure has been published.

 

  • F. FREE LEGAL SERVICES AND LEGAL AWARENESS.

The conventional Justice delivery system is time-taking, expensive and not accessible to all segments of people. Poverty, illiteracy and ignorance of law is the main barrier in the way of justice. Though the system can not be changed overnight, but to overcome from this inscrutable situation, an alternative justice delivery system has been introduced. This is the simple system to adjudicate the pre-litigative disputes through conciliation which is inexpensive, easy, smooth, speedy and uncomplicated, preserving the legal and constitutional right of the people and in accordance with the law of the land. For effective implementation of this system, State Legal Services Authority in the State has been formed according to the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. This system has already become popular by this time. Three important aspects of free legal services are (i) to extend the existing system of free legal services to the weaker sections of the people (ii) only ten to fifteen percent of the legal disputes reach the court for adjudication. Remaining huge numbers of disputes are left unattended by the present judicial system. To settle those huge number of disputes by way of conciliation through the participation of all class of people (iii) to create and enhance the legal awareness of the weaker section of people about the various social and beneficial legislation and schemes.

Law Department monitors legal services programmes through Legal Services Authority. Secretary of the Law Department is the ex-officio Member-Secretary of the State Legal Services Authority. 

A considerable portion of the people of this country is ignorant of law. They can not take the advantage of law due to their poverty and illiteracy. They are not so much conscious about their legal rights, how much they are, about their democratic right. We are constitutionally duty bound to aware people about their legal rights and to provide them legal facilities. Women, Scheduled castes, Scheduled Tribes, Unskilled labourers, indebted corvee, children, harmed person of natural calamities like draught and flood and any other poor people having annual income not more than Rupees Fifty thousand, all of them are entitled to get free legal service.

Free legal service contains all expenses like advocate fees, copying cost, transportation cost for case purpose and costs for case related papers etc.

To see the information regarding the activities and achievements of the Tripura State Legal Services Authority please visit www. slsatripura.in.

  • G. HIGH COURT AND STATE JUDICIARY.

Law Department is the Administrative Department in matters pertaining to the High Court and State Judiciary. Establishment of courts, creation of posts, budget for the State Judiciary, creation of infrastructure, framing of rules and expansion of Judiciary are some of the important functions of the department. 

 

  • H. CODIFICATION OF STATE LAWS. 

Long felt necessity for codification of State Laws has been materialized. It is available in two volumes. 

Long awaited project of compilation of the state Rules has been materialized and the Book naming 'Compendium of Statutory Rules under Tripura State Acts' consisting 45 state Rules, has been formally released on 14th July, 2008. It is now available to purchase from the Library of the Law Department. 

 

  • I. TRIBUNALS AND COMMISSIONS.

This Department constitutes various Enquiry Commissions and Tribunals whenever felt necessary. 

 

  • J. APPOINTMENT OF NOTARY PUBLIC.

The Law Department appoints Notary Public for the whole or any part of the state of Tripura, according to Section 3 of The Notaries Act, 1952.

List of Notary Public, appointed by the State Government, as in the beginning of the year 2013- 

Regn. no.

 Name of Notary

Residential and professional address

Educational
Qualification

Authorized Area of practice

1 of 2001

Sri Hiralal Bhowmik

Govindapur, Kailashahar, Kailashahar Bar

BA, LLB

North Tripura District

2 of 2001

Sri Dilip Naha Biswas

Officers Quarters lane, Krishnanagar, Agartala, Tripura Bar

BA, LLB

West Tripura District

3 of 2001

Sri Ranjan Krishna Das

R.K.Pur, Udaipur, Udaipur Bar,

BA, LLB

South Tripura District

4 of 2006

Sri Sukhamoy Dey

Sarat Sarani, Thana Road, Dharmanagar, Dharmanagar Bar

B.Sc, LLB

Dharmanagar Sub-Division

7 of 2006

Md. Matiur Rahaman

Kubjar, Kailashahar, Kailashahar Bar

BA, LLB

Kailashahar Sub-Division

8 of 2008

Sri Prabir Kr. Dey

Krishna Nagar, Pragati Road, Agartala, Tripura Bar

B.Com, LLB

Bishalgarh Sub-Division

9 of 2008

Sri Dulal Ch. Deb

A.D.Nagar, Tripura Bar

BA, LLB

Sadar Sub-Division

10 of 2008

Sri Bidyut Ch. Pal

Santinagar, Dhanpur, Sonamura Bar

     MA, LLB

Sonamura Sub-Division

12 of 2008

Sri Gopal Ch. Majumder

Manikgarh, Sabroom Sabroom Bar.

BA, LLB

Sabroom Sub-Division

13 of 2008

Sri Ratan Kr. Goswami

Chandipara, Fishery Road, Amarpur Town, Amarpur Bar

BA, LLB

Amarpur Sub-Division

14 of 2008

Sri Subrata Datta

Post Office Road, Dharmanagar, Kanchanpur Bar

B.Com, LLB

Kanchanpur Sub-Division

15 of 2008

Sri Jyotirmoy Bhattacharjee

Khowai Town, Khowai Bar

BA, LLB

Khowai Sub-Division

16 of 2008

Sri Sanjib Kr. Deb

Inspector of School Education Road, Dhalai, Kamalpur Bar

B.Com(H), BA(Eco), LLB

Kamalpur Sub-Division

17 of 2009

Sri Sudhanya Kr. Saha

Arjya Colony, Belonia, Belonia Bar

Muktership

Belonia Sub-Division

18 of 2011

Sri Maran Kanti Chakraborty

Arya Samaj, Belonia, Belonia Bar

MA, LLB

Santirbazar Sub-Division

19 of 2011

Sri Jayanta Singha Choudhury

Kamalpur Town (near Dhalai Bridge), Dhalai Kamalpur Bar

B.Sc(Bio), LLB

Ambassa Sub-Division

20 of 2011

Sri Sajal Sil Sarma

Halhuli, Singibill, Dhalai, Kamalpur Bar.

B.Com, LLB

Gandacherra Sub-Division

21 of 2012

Sri Chitta Ranjan Debnath 

Purba Noagaon (Kaprampara), Jirania, Tripura Bar.

BA, LLB

Jirania Sub-Division

22 of 2012

Sri Sanjit Debnath

Tarapur, PO : Mohanpur, PS : Sidhai, Tripura Bar.

B.Com, LLB

Mohanpur Sub-Division

23 of 2012

Sri Debikanta Baishnab

Chitta Ranjan Road (near old cinema Hall), Udaipur Town, South Tripura Bar.

BA, LLB

Udaipur Sub-Division

24 of 2012

Sri Sukumar Pal

South Pulinpur, Howaibari, PS : Teliamura, Khowai, Tripura Bar.

B.Com, LLB

Teliamura Sub-Division

25 of 2012

Sri Bijit Das

Baulapasha, Kailashahar, North Tripura Bar.

BA, LLB

Kumarghat Sub-Division