Berhampur, Jan 27 (LocalWire) Law students in Berhampur will soon study the plight of the poor in need of legal assistance before recommending them to the Ganjam District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) by providing free legal services to them.
The DLSA, in collaboration with the Berhampur University, has opened a legal aid clinic in the Post- Graduate Department of the University on Sunday for the same.
Ganjam district’s Judge, Ram Shankar Hota, inaugurated the clinic in the presence of Bhagirathi Panigrahy- a law professor-, the DLSA secretary Bijay Kumar Das and several other judges.
“The objective behind this legal aid clinic is to fulfil the ideals of social, economic and political justice for the public and to introduce the students to the socio-economic methods of access to justice,” said the law professor.
The students will be familiarized with the problems faced by the masses who are unaware of their basic rights and remedies under the law.
They will also achieve the objective of National Legal Services Authority (NLSA)- “access to justice for all” through this plan of action.
This will also help the students to have practical experience in dealing with clients. At the same time, they will also be extending their services to the needy.
The professor said that the legal aid clinic would be functioning in a room in the department of law and a teacher from the department would be in charge of it.
As per the legal services provision, the legal services would be provided free of cost to women and children and those whose annual income is below Rs 3 lakhs.
Editing by Meenal Singh