Legal Aid Clinics are intended to provide legal relief easily accessible to the indigent and backward sections of our society. They are almost on the lines of primary health centres where a doctor and other auxiliary medical staff provide basic health care to the people situated in village areas affected with poverty and social squalor. Like the doctors rendering health services to the people of the locality in the primary health centre, a lawyer manning the legal aid clinic provides legal services to the people. The thrust is on the basic legal services like legal advice and assisting in drafting of notices, replies, applications, petitions etc. The lawyer manning the legal aid clinic will also attempt to resolve the disputes of the people in the locality, preventing the disputes from maturing into litigation. This provides the lawyer in the legal aid clinic an opportunity to understand the difficulties faced by people in the distant villages for access to justice. Legal Aid Clinics have to be manned by Para Legal Volunteers selected by the Legal Services Authorities and lawyers with a sense of commitment, sensibility and sensitiveness to the problems of common people.
Students prosecuting Law Course are the potential and enthusiastic towards legal services. Most of the law students may become as Advocates. Hence today's law students are tomorrow's lawyers.
With a view to utilize the energies, enthusiasm, zeal and commitment of the law students, legal aid clinics in law colleges are being set up from time to time. The Legal Aid Clinics in Law Colleges consisting of law students headed by the law teachers. They extend legal advice / assistance to the public for Redressal of their grievances. The Members of the legal aid clinics also create legal awareness among the general public. They guide the public in availing legal services. The Members of the Legal Aid Clinics will explain and assist the general public about the Availment of the services of Lok Adalat mechanism for settlement of cases and disputes. The Members of Legal Aid Clinic visit the Neighbouring areas and explain the public about the various legal services schemes, Programmes and guide them to avail such facilities. The Legal Aid Clinics are the link between the public and the legal services institutions in rendering legal assistance for Redressal of their grievances.
Last modified date : 01/09/2018