Sarvodaya Legal

The Sarvodaya Legal Services Movement (SLSM) was founded in 1985 and inaugurated by the Hon.Justice Bhagwati, former Chief Justice of India. The Board of Directors of the SLSM consists of leading constitutional and human rights lawyers, academics and social activists. For many years the Legal Services Movement functioned as a welfare-oriented organization providing free legal advice to the needy. However, towards the end of 1999, its leadership recognized the need to shift its focus to an empowerment-oriented approach that would strengthen the peoples capacity to protect their rights and freedoms by themselves within the legal system. The comprehensive empowerment concept introduced by the SLSM in September, 1999, is unique in Sri Lankas legal history.