• How long does it take to decide a criminal case in India?

The time for deciding a criminal case may vary drastically, and generally it takes anywhere between 2 to 5 years for the initial decision of the originating court, depending on the number of accused in the matter and their bail grants, and in case of a conviction almost invariably there is bound to be an appeal to the higher court, which may take almost one-third as long.

  • How long does it take to decide a civil case in India?

The time period for the decision of any Civil Suit varies drastically from state to state and even from court to court in any particular state. However it shall generally take at an average of between 6 months and 3 years to decide any civil matter before the court of original civil jurisdiction, depending on various factors like number of parties involved, interim reliefs sought, any interim calamity etc. However, most of the times, at least one Appeal is preferred from the original decision of the originating court, which may take about half the time more.

  • What are the responsibilities of a lawyer?

Responsibilities of a lawyer include protecting their clients’ rights while always upholding the law. Lawyers are expected to be well-versed in their practice area and maintain ethical practices. A lawyer works for his/her client and is expected to resolve client needs.

  • What does it mean to receive legal advice?

Legal advice is feedback from an attorney based on both experience and training. Lawyers have a detailed knowledge of the law and their advice comes from years of schooling and learning about various components of the law. Legal advice also applies to the specific laws that are related to your issue or questions.


  • Before hiring a lawyer, what kind of questions should I ask?

It is common to be a little uncertain when attempting to hire a lawyer. Most consultations are free, and this will give you the opportunity to ask questions and determine whether a lawyer is right for you. Here is a look at some commonly asked questions.

  • How long have you been practicing?

  • What is your specialty are of practice?

  • Do I have a legitimate case?

  • How much do you charge and what will I be billed for?

  • What do I need to do as your client?

  • How often will you contact me in regard to my case?

  • Can I call you with any questions I may have?



  • What is E-Filing? Whether this E-Filing process is a user-friendly program?

E-Filing is an electronic filing of matters in the Registry of Supreme Court of India. Yes, E-Filing is a user-friendly program prepared by the Informatics Centre.



  • What is the difference between an act and a law?
    In legal terms, the differences between what a law is and what an act is does not differ much. The difference between a law and an act is that a law is any system of regulations (better known as laws), that govern, or rule the conduct of the people of society or community usually for protection. Whereas an act is a piece of Legislation drafted and passed either by the Parliament or the Legislative Assembly of a State.
    Example of Law - Family Laws, Criminal Laws etc.
    Example of an Act - Indian Penal Code, 1860, Income Tax Act, 1961, Indian Partnership Act, 1932 etc.

  • Who can draft a legal notice?

A legal notice must adhere to the laws and regulations laid down by statutes. Laws regulating notice are of procedural nature, therefore, require more vigilance and care while drafting a notice. Ignorance of the law is no excuse and thus a legal notice should be drafted by expert civil litigation advocates carefully.


The limitation period to file a reply to a legal notice varies from case to case basis, ranging from 15 days in some to 30 days in case of dishonour of cheque or consumer complaint to 45 days or any number of days as stipulated in the notice or the statute under which the notice is filed. The reply to the notice should be filed with the help of good civil attorney in India.


The contents of legal notice in India are: The details of both the parties, like name, address, contact information. The problem faced or loss suffered by the sender of legal notice. The remedy sought from the other person to resolve the problem or cover the loss. The action or inaction of the receiver upon intimation of problem. Further remedy sought by the sender of legal notice. The legal action that will be taken in case the remedy is not provided by the receiver.