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Legal Aid Clinic opens at Amity to deal with the cases of UP State Legal Services Authority

September 12, 2011 - Noida

Former Supreme court judge Justice (retired) Altamas Kabir has inaugurated a legal aid clinic on the Amity Uiniversity campus that will exclusively deal with cases of the Uttar Pradesh Legal Services Authority.

Speaking after the inauguration that took place over the weekend, Justice (retired) Kabir said that though the Legal Services Authorities Act and The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, had been drafted in 1987 and 2000 respectively, there were still some members of the judiciary, who were not familiar with the various provisions of these two acts.

"It is not a reflection on anybody particular as such. It's just that we did not get an opportunity to deal with these enactments in detail to educate ourselves. It's a problem which I have faced all over wherever I have gone. I have seen that in remote parts of the country people are still not aware of what are the provisions of the Acts, what are their benefits, and especially if those who are to implement these provisions, are not aware of them. Then what about those people who are the beneficiaries?," averred Justice Kabir.

Justice Kabir further said said that extensive programs of legal awareness have been regularly organized to make people aware of what is available to them and what needs to be implemented.

He opined that it was time for the law fraternity realize the need to educate themselves in the nitty gritties of the two enactments.

Dwelling on lacuna hampering the smooth functioning of Lok Adalats, Justice (retired) Kabir lamented the dearth of effective infrastructure to implement the provisions of the acts and the reluctance of the people to come to Lok Adalats.

He also said that the situation is not same all over the country. Therefore, in states which are densely populated like UP, having so many districts, it is important to educate and familiarize people on the provisions of the Act.

Expressing his views on " Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987" during the inauguration of the training programme, Justice Amitava Lala of the Allahabad High Court said, "the problems of "Noida" cannot be equated with the problems of "Son Bhadra" and problems of District Son Bhadra's cannot be equated with the problems of the District of Lucknow.

He said that the aim of the Legal Services Authority is to render an alternative judicial system, a justice delivery that was not restricted from the point of view of the Civil Custodial Court and Evidence Act.

Dr. Ashok K Chauhan- Founder President, Amity Group, said that lawyers from no other country can supersede the intelligence of Indian lawyers.

He shared five mantras for the budding lawyers to scale the pinnacle of success- "Creativity", "Commitment", " Intuition", " Flexibility", and " Wisdom".

Dr. Chauhan also announced the start of three credit courses of "Legal Aid Services" for law students of Amity University.

Delhi High Court Chief Justice Deepak Misra said, "People who are associated with Lok Adalats or Juvenile Justice Systems must have concern, sincerity and commitment towards the litigants.

He added that they should ask themselves the fundamental questions- Do I really feel for the poor? Do I really have the commitment to argue the case of a marginalized person who cannot really afford?

He also urged students studying law to go to the villages, conduct studies, report and try to ameliorate the problems of the poor and marginalized sections of the society, acting as social activists.

He advised the judiciary to adopt a humanitarian approach while dealing with people

A training programme organised after the inauguration was attended by over 250 judicial officers, 150 lawyers and 1000 students from Amity Law Schools.


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