Codify traditional justice system: State DGP

Codify traditional justice system: State DGP
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Kohima, April 14: State Director General of Police, Rupin Sharma today stressed on the need to impart basic legal education in schools and colleges to help develop a legal habit from a young age so that all are aware of the modern jurisprudence. He also opined that the traditional justice system should be codified.
Addressing a consultative meeting of master trainers, trainers, retainer lawyers and State panel lawyers here today, the DGP said people tend to believe that they have their own rights and that is where the role of law comes to create awareness among the people to run a society in a particular direction by minimizing the discord and conflict in a society as per the acceptable standard of lawful activities. He said the role of legal services authority is more important in Nagaland as it is a micro world with over 25 different sections of the society settling in the State.
Sharma maintained that a common body of laws is required to regulate the general behaviour in all aspects of life. He said that awareness about right laws enables a person to do things in a guided and proper manner and therefore regulations prevents from not only doing negative things but to implement things in a positive way.
“Legal awareness will not only bring about better understanding of the laws, procedures and rights, but also the general conduct of people in the society,” he said.
Stating that the awareness about the traditional cultural rights and systems may be very little, he, however, said the awareness and compliance with the modern systems of justice is law in Nagaland.
In his introductory address, member secretary NSLSA, Mezivolu T. Therieh said the consultative meet is to recognize and review all that have been achieved and identify the cracks and to re-equip themselves to find out the prospects of carrying forward the legal services activities.
“We all need to put our minds together and build up our strategies and programmes and implement them systematically so that the deserving person benefits,” she said.
The topic covered during the working session was NALSA Project – Paradigm shift and implementation while open group discussion topics were “Challenges faced by the members as facilitators of legal services and suggestions for improvement” and “Strategic development for effective service – Planning & Structuring”.
(Page News Service)