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341 Bnss - Legal aid to accused at State expense in certain cases

Section 341 Legal aid to accused at State expense in certain cases - Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023

341. (1) Where, in a trial or appeal before a Court, the accused is not represented by an advocate, and where it appears to the Court that the accused has not sufficient means to engage an advocate, the Court shall assign an advocate for his defence at the expense of the State.

(2) The High Court may, with the previous approval of the State Government, make rules providing for-

(a) the mode of selecting advocates for defence under sub-section (1);

(b) the facilities to be allowed to such advocates by the Courts;

(c) the fees payable to such advocates by the Government, and generally, for
carrying out the purposes of sub-section (1).

(3) The State Government may, by notification, direct that, as from such date as may be specified in the notification, the provisions of sub-sections (1) and

(2) shall apply in relation to any class of trials before other Courts in the State as they apply in relation to trials before Courts of Session.

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