Providing assistance to people to access the justice system is one of the key functions of every welfare state. It is very essential to the State to provide legal assistance to the people who are otherwise unable to access the court and law. The very basic reason behind the incorporation and establishing of this idea is that no one would have been denied justice due to his poverty or economical backwardness. India attained the independence and became a republic by adopting a separate written constitution in which all and every functions and liabilities of the State is clearly established. As stated in the Constitution it’s the duty of the State to provide legal assistance to the poor and needy people who are helpless before the law. The Free Legal aid is thus inevitable to ensure the ‘Equality before the law’, ‘right to counsel’ and ‘right to a fair trial’. The government ready to provide the legal aid to all who are eligible. But providing the Legal Aid cannot be done and is not possible without any demand or seeking from the people. So to attain free legal aid, it is essential for the people to be aware of the existence of the same. The government has done more things to impart the awareness of free legal aid. But how far all those were reached the public is still a question to be tested. The social, cultural, economic and geographical disparity among the people plays a major and crucial role on the attainment of the thing available in the society. Thus the system of free legal aid is not an exception to this general principle as the people living in metropolitan may have more opportunities to access the free legal aid and to be aware of the same. Taking this into consideration the non doctrinal work has been initiated.
OBJECTIVES 1. To find out the awareness among the public about the free legal-aid in Metropolitan and Non-metropolitan; 2. To find out how far the free legal-aid has reached the public in Metropolitan and