38.6c New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Legal Insiders

Justice UU Lalit stresses on installation of display boards informing about Right to Legal Aid and Availability of Free Legal Services

By Celin Sunil      03 August, 2021 07:14 PM      0 Comments
Justice UU Lalit stresses on installation of display boards informing about Right to Legal Aid and Availability of Free Legal Services

Justice UU Lalit, Supreme Court of India and Executive Chairman, National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) during an event organized by the Haryana Legal Services Authority (HLSA) said, “Each Police Station in the country must have display boards informing about the right to legal aid and the availability of free legal aid services.”

He further added, “Such boards/posters are the first step in the direction to ensure that no accused remains unrepresented during any stage of the criminal investigation and the trial, so that every opportunity is afforded to a person to defend himself.”

Justice Lalit was invited as the Chief Guest to an event organised by the Haryana Legal Services Authority (HLSA) under the aegis of NALSA. During the event, he inaugurated a Year Long Campaign – “Quality of Legal Services is Key to Access to Justice for All” and released an informative video on Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015; an animated video on right to free legal aid and various posters containing information about the availability of free legal aid services. He also inaugurated Video Conferencing facilities set up at 22 District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs) and the Kids Zones established at 18 DLSAs of the State of Haryana.

While inaugurating the programs, Justice Lalit observed that the ongoing pandemic has taught us to innovate and improvise, and stated how the virtual platforms are correct measures if launching programs amidst these challenging times.

Justice Lalit recalled during his interactions with Chairpersons of High Court Legal Services Committee, the idea to strengthen the framework of early access to justice at pre-arrest and arrest stage was deliberated upon and three key takeaways emerged out:

  • Installation of display boards/posters containing information about the availability of free legal services at all the police stations across the country to spread awareness amongst the suspects/accused visiting the jail premises;
  • Proactive measures to be taken by magistrates to ensure that an accused was made aware of his right to legal representation and if the accused is not aware, the magistrate shall inform him about his constitutional rights and about the services provided by the legal services institutions;
  • A column in the FIR should be added, which would inform the accused about his rights and would also provide contact details of the nearest Legal Services Authority.

The event was also attended by Mr. Justice Ajay Tewari, Judge, High Court of Punjab & Haryana and Executive Chairman, UT Chandigarh SLSA, Mr. Justice A.G. Masih, Judge, High Court of Punjab & Haryana and Executive Chairman, Punjab SLSA; Mr. Rajeev Arora, IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary, Home Department, Haryana, Panel Lawyers, Paralegal Volunteers, and other stakeholders.



Share this article:



Leave a feedback about this
TRENDING NEWS

battle-over-butter-chicken-moti-mahal-takes-daryaganj-to-court-in-trademark-showdown
Trending Business
Battle Over Butter Chicken: Moti Mahal Takes Daryaganj to Court in Trademark Showdown

Moti Mahal and Daryaganj restaurants clash in Delhi High Court over trademark claims, each asserting they invented Butter Chicken and Dal Makhani.

28 May, 2024 11:33 AM
punjab-and-haryana-high-court-upholds-eds-arrest-of-aap-mla-dismisses-plea-challenging-detention
Trending Judiciary
Punjab and Haryana High Court Upholds ED's Arrest of AAP MLA, Dismisses Plea Challenging Detention [Read Order]

Punjab and Haryana High Court dismisses AAP MLA Jaswant Singh's plea against his ED arrest, ruling it was in line with Section 19(1) of the PMLA.

28 May, 2024 11:56 AM

TOP STORIES

no-legal-mandate-for-uploading-of-form-17c-on-website-or-handing-over-to-anyone-other-than-candidate-or-agent-ec-tells-sc
Trending Judiciary
No legal mandate for uploading of Form 17C on website or handing over to anyone other than candidate or agent, EC tells SC

EC tells SC there's no legal mandate to upload Form 17C on websites or provide it to anyone other than candidates or agents, citing risks of misuse and mistrust.

23 May, 2024 11:28 AM
national-security-always-paramount-sc-cancels-bail-of-pfi-members
Trending Judiciary
'National security always paramount,' SC cancels bail of PFI members [Read Judgment]

SC emphasizes national security, cancels bail of eight PFI members, stressing balance between civil liberties and counter-terrorism under UAPA.

23 May, 2024 12:05 PM
calcutta-hc-invalidates-five-lakh-obc-certificates-issued-after-2010-cites-unconstitutional-grounds
Trending Judiciary
Calcutta HC Invalidates Five Lakh OBC Certificates Issued After 2010, Cites Unconstitutional Grounds [Read Judgment]

Calcutta High Court invalidates OBC certificates issued after 2010, declaring them unconstitutional. Court cites undue haste and procedural impropriety.

23 May, 2024 03:33 PM
mp-high-court-grants-police-protection-to-couple-facing-honour-killing-threats-over-marriage
Trending Judiciary
MP High Court Grants Police Protection to Couple Facing Honour Killing Threats over Marriage [Read Order]

MP High Court grants police protection to a couple facing death threats from their parents for marrying without consent, citing serious measures against honor killings.

23 May, 2024 03:45 PM

ADVERTISEMENT


Join Group

Signup for Our Newsletter

Get Exclusive access to members only content by email