Public Interest Litigation

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) is a petition that anyone can file in a court against any person or other entity for their actions that violate interest of the public at large. A PIL is like a tool that can be used when the rights of the person filing the petition are violated along with a section of society.

A PIL can be filed in the Supreme Court or any High Court to protect the fundamental rights of the public violated by someone’ act. A PIL may be filed against a factory causing pollution, construction affecting the public or any such social issue to protect the rights of people.

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At INR 21999

What You'll Get In The Package

Inclusion

  • Telephonic consultation with the lawyer for 30 minutes.
  • Verification of documents.
  • Drafting of PIL.
  • Handling other paperwork for PIL.

Exclusion

  • Court Fees.
  • Stamp Duty.

Documents required to file a PIL in India

  1. Any documents, press material or other relevant reportings or writings with regards to the issue faced.
  2. Affidavit.
  3. Memo of Appearance.

Procedure to file a PIL in India

The petition is drafted by the lawyer which includes the details of the petitioner, the matter raised and the entity against whom the petition is filed. A Public Interest Litigation can be filed in either a High Court or the Supreme Court. If the PIL is filed in a High Court, 2 copies of the petition are filed. An advance copy is sent to the opposite party.

If the petition is filed in the Supreme Court, 5 copies are filed. A copy of the petition is served to the opposite party when the notice is served. The court fee is paid according to the number of respondents.

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FAQs

Who can file a PIL?
Any person can file a PIL in a court to protect the interest of public at large.
Under which law a PIL is filed?
A Public Interest Litigation can be filed under Article 32 and Article 226 of the Indian Constitution. Under Article 32, a PIL can be filed in the Supreme Court and under Article 226, a PIL can be filed in any High Court.
Against whom can a PIL be filed?
A PIL can be filed against any government body, municipal authority or even a private entity who is responsible for violating the rights or interest of the public at large.
Can a Writ be treated as a PIL?
Yes, a writ petition can be treated as a PIL if the writ is filed against the violation of public interest.
Is it mandatory to pay court fees to file a PIL?
Yes, court fee is to be paid as per the number of respondents in the case.
How much time does it take to file a PIL?
A PIL can be filed in only 5-6 days through Legistify.