In circumstances where your legal rights or liabilities are disregarded, the court has given you the power to file for a Public Interest Litigation. Vakilsearch helps you register for PIL in 3 simple ways –
Public Interest Litigation (PIL), as the name suggests, is litigation for any public interest. As the term ‘litigation’ means ‘legal action’, it stands for a legal action taken by a public person. This method is to protect the public interest. It is litigation filed in a court of law for the protection of matters of welfare like constructional hazards, pollution, and terrorism.
PIL is provided to the people of India for filing a petition directly to the Supreme Court or High Court. Any individual can file Public Interest Litigation. The idea of a Public Interest Litigation is to seek justice facing the government in case it is felt that the government is denying someone of their interest and rights.
Public Interest Litigation can be filed in the High Court or Supreme Court depending on the situation. Both the courts have the power to entertain the PIL.
In High Court
If a PIL is filed in a High Court, the person is required to file two copies of the petition. Similarly, an advance copy of the petition has to be served on each respondent, which is the opposite party, and this proof of service has to be attached to the petition.
In The Supreme Court
If the PIL is filed in Supreme Court, then five sets of the petition should be filed opposite the party served, the copy only if the notice is issued.
The Public Interest Litigation format has the following procedures:
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