Kohima, May 29: Judge of Gauhati High Court, Justice L S Jamir today called upon penal lawyers under the State legal services authority not to accept any gift for their services rendered to the legally needy people.
“Penal lawyers under Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) should represent the needy and downtrodden and provide them free legal services,” Justice Jamir said while addressing a NSLSA organised refreshers training for penal lawyers at ATI here. Panel lawyers are the hope for the underprivileged group and the law, he said while calling upon them to understand the problems of the needy so as to make strong submission before the court for deliverance of justice.
“Panel lawyers play an Indispensable role in carrying out the activities of the Legal Services Authority and they act as catalyst between the people and the law,” he said.
Justice Jamir, who is also the Executive Chairman of NSLSA, expressed hope that the training would help provide better knowledge to the panel lawyers towards extending better legal services for the underprivileged section of the society.
Member Secretary of NSLSA, Mezivolu T Therieh delivering the keynote address said the two days refreshers training aims to increase the capacity of the panel lawyers inorder to render competent and quality legal services.
Quality trainings for better performance cannot be overlooked inorder to achieve the objectives of access to justice, she said.
“We have a challenging task ahead with the programmes of Legal Services Camps, Legal Literacy Club, Artificial intelligence, Victim Compensation schemes, issues of human trafficking, Rights of Women and Children, Lok Adalats, jails and other related programmes focusing from legal awareness towards legal empowerment,” she said.
“We all need to come together and build up our strategies and programmes so that not only the legally underprivileged but the socially and economically underprivileged section of the society benefits from our services”, she added, while also adding that “this is towards achieving our mission target of access to justice for all so that everyone will rise to build up a strong system in our society which is transparent, accountable and rewarding”.
Around 40 panel lawyers from different district legal services authority are attending the training, which will conclude tomorrow. (Page News Service)