Kohima, July 10: Para Legal Volunteers (PLVs) as the backbone of legal service authorities of the States should always be prepared to provide quality lawsuit for the downtrodden, said Judge of Gauhati High Court, Justice L S Jamir.
Addressing around 37 para-legal volunteers from different parts of the State during the inaugural session of the two-day refresher training at Administrative Training Institute here yesterday, Justice Jamir called upon the para legal volunteers to be the bridge between the society and legal service for deliverance of quality service without expecting any personal gain.
Lamenting that some PLVs have been accepting personal benefits for their services, Justice Jamir, who is also the executive chairman of Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA), said “NSLSA will not tolerate such practices as PLVs are supposed to provide free legal aid to the needy people”.
Encouraging them to render legal services at the grassroots level, Justice Jamir said “We will empower you (PLVs) to help the downtrodden without accepting any personal gain”.
Justice Jamir also released the quarterly newsletter of NSLSA during the programme.
Delivering the keynote address, Executive Director of Multiple Action Research Group (MARG), New Delhi, Anju Talukdar said PLVs is for providing legal aid to the poor but the services should not be poor.
Maintaining that MARG has been indulging in creating legal awareness about the legal rights among the downtrodden, she said that too many people in the country don’t want to approach the court system for justice because of the cost and time consumption in the legal process.
She therefore said that PLVs have to bridge the gap between the court and the people by playing a key role in deliverance cost effective and timely justice to the disadvantaged section of the society.
The topics listed for deliberations during the two training are: Day-I – rule of law, role of PLVs, Constitutional framework and redress mechanism, civil and criminal law, structure of custody, bail trial.
Day-II – sexual offences against women victim compensation procedures, social laws for women and girls on arrest/ investigation/ evidence/ confidentiality and Dealing with child in distress, child secual offences.
The two-day training is being organized by NSLSA in collaboration with Control Arms Foundation of India and MARG New Delhi and supported by European Union.
NSLSA member secretary Mezivolu T. Therieh chaired the programme while State coordinator Akumla Longchari tendered the vote of thanks.
(Page News Service)