Legal aid clinic inaugurated in Udhampur
A free legal aid clinic was inaugurated here at the panchayat ghar tehsil, Majalta, on Friday under the guidance of chairman state legal services authority Justice Varinder Singh and session judge-cum-chairman of district legal services authority RN Wattal.india Updated: Jan 24, 2014 18:59 IST
A free legal aid clinic was inaugurated here at the panchayat ghar tehsil, Majalta, on Friday under the guidance of chairman state legal services authority Justice Varinder Singh and session judge-cum-chairman of district legal services authority RN Wattal.
The clinic was formally inaugurated by Ramnagar sub-judge, tehsil legal services committee chairman Amit Kumar Gupta, and Majalta munsiff-cum-chairman tehsil legal services committee Sudesh Sharma.
After inaugurating the clinic Gupta said that the legal-aid clinic had been established with the prime objective to make free legal services accessible to the poor, marginalised and weaker sections of society.
He added that a panel of advocates and volunteers of para-legal services would run the clinic.
"Clinics are being set up even in remote villages to provide free legal advice and services to the residents who are not in a position approach the court or other government departments," said Gupta.
Sudesh said that the scheme had been designed to bring legal services at the doorstep of weaker sections of the society. He further added that free services included drafting of petitions, notices, applications and reply to legal notices.
Apart from this, amicable settlement of disputes through lok adalats and mediation centres would also be encouraged, she added.
Other services include settlement of disputes through counseling in order to avoid litigation and provision of free legal services of advocates.
Besides the members of bar association sarpanches, panches of several panchayat halquas, prominent citizens, and a large number of women were also present on the occasion.