Oct 31,2019 | 15 min read

What is Public Interest Litigation and how does it work in India?

Author - Advocate Jatin Sharma


What is PIL and how does it work.Public Interest Litigation (PIL) implies a legal action initiated in a court of law for the enforcement of public or general interest in which the public or general class of the community have some pecuniary or other interest by which their legal rights or liabilities are affected. For the exercise of the court's jurisdiction, it is not necessary that a person, whose rights have been violated, should personally approach the court. Public interest litigation is the power that the courts have given to the public through judicial activism. Any individual can issue a Public Interest Litigation. So how does PIL work? The only requirement is that the same has to be presented in Public Interest.
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