Candidates train to become paralegal volunteers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Sep 17, 2014 23:14 IST

The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) on Wednesday started a four-day refresher course for paralegal volunteers.

The training programme was inaugurated by Gurbir Singh, district and sessions judge-cum-chairman, Amritsar DLSA.

Divulging details, DLSA secretary Arun Kumar Aggarwal said at the training programme, 50 people, including various social workers, law students and teachers, imparted training to become paralegal volunteers.

DLSA secretary, advocates and officials from the district development and panchayat department, district social security department and district food and supply controller imparted training.

Explaining the training programme, Gurbir Singh said in 2009, the National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi, had brought out a scheme called the 'Paralegal Volunteers Scheme' with an aim to impart legal training to volunteers selected from different walks of life so as to ensure that legal aid reached all sections of society.

"Paralegal volunteers are expected to act as intermediaries bridging the gap between the common people and the legal services institutions and to remove impediments in access to justice," he added, while pointing out that the basic aim of the scheme was to ensure legal services to the people at their door step.

The volunteers are being trained in the basics of different laws. They are also updated on the working of the judicial system and the functioning of various other stakeholders like police, social welfare department, woman and child welfare department and various other departments dealing with different beneficial schemes of the Central and state governments, including the protection officers dealing with domestic violence and Juvenile Justice Acts.

"With the basic knowledge in the laws and other available welfare measures and legislation, these volunteers will be able to assist the common man who is not aware of the laws and the functioning of the judicial system," stated Aggarwal.

The DLSA secretary further said the trained volunteers should constantly keep a watch on transgressions of law or acts of injustice in their area of operation and bring these immediately to the notice of the DLSA.

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