BELA has a legal cell which renders legal assistance to individuals or communities affected by environmental problems. The legal cell is headed by a Coordinator. All applications for legal assistance can be sent at firstname.lastname@example.org. A response shall be sent to the applicant within 15 days from the date of receipt of an application for assistance.
On receipt of an application, BELA contacts the applicant for further information, documents and a meeting. After scrutiny of the documents, the BELA team conducts a field verification. Final decisions for filing applications or cases are taken by BELA only after field verification and scrutiny of documents. In applicable cases, BELA assists the aspirant litigants in obtaining documents by filing applications under the Right to Information Act (RTI).
BELA does not take up issues for legal assistance if it involves personal interest or is sought pursuant to personal enmity or rivalry. Issues that have no relevance or bearing on community interests are also not taken up. For details on the kinds of issues usually accepted by BELA for providing legal assistance, please refer to the list of cases under Activities (PIL).