Dimapur, February 8: District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs) under the directive of the Nagaland State Legal Services Authority conducted consultative meeting with prosecutors and police at the district level of Superintendent of Police, Sub Divisional Police Officer, Officer-in-Charge (Police Station), and Investigation Officer with regard to “Protocol for early access to justice at pre-arrest, arrest and remand stage” during the last few days.
The consultative meeting is being initiated following the National Legal Services Authority’s 31st central authority meeting resolution to implement a framework for providing legal assistance at pre-arrest, arrest and remand stage by all State Legal Services Authorities.
On this, the state authority has already taken the initiative of meeting Director General of Police to workout modalities for effective implementation of the framework and preparing quality hoardings enumerating rights and phone numbers and addresses of Legal Services Authorities which are to be distributed in all the police stations across the State.
Wokha: Wokha DLSA conducted the meeting on February 6, with Wokha DLSA JMFC/secretary Khrievono Seletsu speaking on the purpose of the consultation, its importance and explained the judgment of Arnesh Kumar Vrs State of Bihar and its importance at the stage of arrest.
Zunheboto: Zunheboto DLSA held the meeting on February 6 at SP conference hall, Zunheboto. Wokono Yhoshii, secretary ZDLSA highlighted the purpose of the meeting. J Khetoholi Yepthomi, APP Zunheboto briefed on Juvenile Justice Act and Easter H Yepthomi Retainer lawyer highlighted the procedure on remand.
Mokokchung: Mokokchung DLSA conducted the consultative meeting at ADC Planning conference hall. Holika Sukhalu, secretary MDLSA highlighted the agenda on the topic and explained the necessary steps to be taken.
Dimapur: Dimapur DLSA conducted the meeting on February 5 wherein Principal District & Sessions Judge cum chairperson Y Longkumer chaired the meeting and highlighted the purpose of the meeting. The police and the prosecution also expressed their views with regard to the pre-arrest bail and custodial interrogation in the presence of penal lawyers of legal services.
Peren: Peren DLSA held the meeting on February 7 at District Court Complex. Asungbe, retainer lawyer briefed on procedure on arrest and remand, followed by discussion hour.
Mon: Mon DLSA secretary cum CJM Seyielenuo Mezhü, NJS pronounced the welcome remarks and agenda of the meeting. Rights of arrested person and corresponding duties of investigation officer was delivered by N. Mannon, Project Assistant.
Longleng: Longleng DLSA held the meeting with police officials on February 7. APP Anguto Sophie briefed that arrest should not be made mechanically. He spoke on section 41A CrPC, guidelines and condition provided by the Supreme Court in the case of Arnesh kumar vs State of Bihar which should be complied with before arresting a person.
Phek: Phek DLSA in collaboration with district police, Phek conducted consultative meet/awareness in matter of disclosure of victim of sexual assault/re-arrest, arrest & remand, investigation & trials at DRDA conference hall, Phek. Mezivolu T Therieh, NJS, District & Sessions Judge and chairperson Phek DLSA, Phek spoke on right to free legal aid in pre-arrest, arrest & remand & criminal investigation and trials.
Tuensang: Tuensang DLSA held consultative meeting with Tuensang DEF at Tuensang town on February 4. Kumdilong Kessen, JMFC cum secretary spoke on cognizance and non cognizance, bail and non-bailable, warrant and summon. Soteth Anar spoke on pre-arrest, arrest and remand stage.
Kiphire: Kiphire DLSA held a consultative meeting with the police and prosecution at the police station, Kiphire. Resource person Nokshei Kano, secretary DLSA & CJM Kiphire spoke in detail in regard to arrest and pre arrest and also in respect of providing access to justice for people. (Page News Service)