Kerala Law Academy

Legal Aid Clinic

With the very spirit of humanism and commitment to the tenets of justice and rule of law, Dayanand College of Law has established the Legal Aid Clinic which is extremely instrumental in sensitizing the students to the cause of the indigent thereby inculcating a spirit of social responsibility within them. The Clinic strives to ensure that the constitutional pledge is fulfilled in the letter and spirit and equal justice is made available to the poor, downtrodden and weaker sections of the society.

The clinic which had been running in a very informal way, was crystallized and consolidated into a systematic Legal Aid Clinic in 2011, functioning in collaboration with the District Legal Service Authority, Latur, which was inaugurated by Shri. K.P.Joshi, the Principal District and sessions Judge, Latur. The Clinic works closely with the District Legal Service Authority in providing them the services of the students and staff. It provides the students exposure to settlement of cases, holding Lok Adalats and training them as para Legal volunteers. The service of the faculty are also provided as members of the judge panel during the Maha Lok Adalat held by the District Legal Service Authority and also as Resource Persons in their training Programmes.

The Legal Aid Clinic is manned by Para Legal Volunteers (Law Students) with sense of commitment, sensibility and sensitiveness to the problems of the common people who are being selected by the Faculty-in-charge of the Clinic.

The Legal Aid Clinic is more effectively functioning in outreach programmes. The Clinic is proved to be one of the best methods of learning experience by transmitting the theoretical knowledge from lab to land. The Clinic is a dynamic tool of learning, through which, the students learn the techniques of interviewing, interaction, eliciting the relevant information from the Client and to suggest possible remedies and the alternatives. The Clinic also enables the students to learn drafting notices, complaints, petitions and in turn it helps the students to be socially responsive and committed.

Objectives –

  1. To provide legal services to the poor and weaker sections of the Society.
  2. To provide inexpensive local machinery for handling legal services of basic nature like legal advices, drafting petitions, notices, replies and other documents of legal importance.
  3. To resolve disputes of local people through meditation and conciliation and thereby preventing the disputes from reaching Courts.
  4. To conduct surveys on contemporary socio legal issues.
  5. To impart clinical education as part of practical training and also to imbibe the students to commit to social service to help the weaker sections of the society.

The Clinic organizes various outreach programmes such as legal aid camps, legal literacy programmes, gender sensitization programmes, human rights awareness programmes, Jail Visit, Lok Adalat Visit, Workshop in Collaboration with District Legal Service Authorities etc.

The Clinic functions on every second and fourth Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00pm of every month. 10 student volunteers are selected to provide legal advices under the guidance of Faculty-in-Charge. The Clinic maintains records and documents of various activities conducted by the Clinic including the list of seekers, the type of service rendered, particulars of para Legal Volunteers, the personnel’s from the Bar and all other related information.

Some of the important activities of the Clinic are enumerated periodically here in below.

1. Participation of Co-ordinator and Students at Lokadalat Panel – 08-07-2017

Final year students with Dr. G.G. Panchal participated as panel member at Lokadalat organized by District Legal Services Authority, Latur. Appreciation & Participation certificates were distributed by authorities. Faculty and students remain present till the Lokadalat called off in the premises of Latur District Court.

2. Jail Visit – 19th August 2017

As a part of their curriculum Legal Aid Clinic and Human Rights Education Center of the College in collaboration with Latur District legal services Authority arranged jail visit on 19/08/2017 for its students. Thirty three students along with Dr. G.G. Panchal visited the Sai Under Trial Prisoner Jail Latur and surveyed barracks and interacted with Jail officials. The aim behind the visit was to facilities provides to the prisoners, security system, Law process, behavior of inmates, the framework of Rehabilitation and reformative activities for prisoners. Faculty and Law Students gave speeches on different criminal legislations and right of accused.

 

3. Socio-Legal Survey at Latur Jail- 23/10/2017

Volunteers of the Legal Aid Committee, under the orders of Hon’ble High Court and District Legal Services Authorities conducted a survey regarding the facilities available at undertrial prison at Latur. 20 students participated in the survey along with the Co-ordinator Dr. Shubhangi Panchal on 23rd Oct 2017.

 

4. Essay Writing Competition-11/11/2017

The Legal Aid Committee conducted an Essay competition on ‘Importance of Legal Services Authority and its effects on Society’ 11th Nov 2017’ on the occasion of National Legal Literacy Day. Fifteen students participated and Miss. Ankita Dhoot (BSL V) , Kulkarni Priyanka (BSL V) and Sapna Nalegaonkar (LLB III) lagged the First, Second and Third prize respectively. The winner students were felicitated and cash prizes were given by the District Legal Services Authority, Latur.

 

5. Polio Immunization Program – 11/03/2018

Dayanand College of Law rendered social services to put Polio Drops on 11th Match 2018. Forty students from BSL III, BSL IV and LLB II year were sent to serve the society with voluntary services in collaboration with Mahanagarpalika, Latur.

 

6. Guest Lecture on Legal Aid and Legal services Authorities – 23/03/2018

Hon’ble Shri R.Y. Shaikh, retired Principal District Judge , Latur was invited to deliver the lecture on Legal Aid and Legal Services Authorities. The Lecture was arranged under ADR practical for LLB II year and BSL IV year students

 

7. Legal Aid Camp at Aambulga Village – 09/04/2018

The college organized One Day Camp at Ambulga village on 9th April 2018. More than one hundred thirty students participated in the Camp. The purpose behind the Camp was to empower villagers regarding their rights and to resolve their legal issues. The students worked to provide Legal Education and to build public awareness about the Laws. Four skits were performed by LLB II year students and BSL IV year students on various contemporary issues to inform the villagers about their rights. Six lectures were also delivered.

The Legal Aid Camp was inaugurated with the auspicious hands of Senior Advocate Shri. Madhavrao T. Ingale, and Senior Advocate Shri Jambhavantrao Sonkawde.

Students provided an inexpensive service of basic nature like legal advice, drafting of petitions and their documents of legal importance. Students of the college under the guidance of their in charge teachers rendered legal services and tried to resolve disputes of local people by mediation.

The visit made them to realize the reality of the society. The camp was conducted under Women’s Studies Centre Legal Aid Clinic and ADR Practical. Dr. P.P. Nathani, Dr. S.D. Panchal, and Shri R.R.Shetty conducted the Camp.

 

8. Socio-Legal Survey conducted at Ambulga – 09th April 2018

Socio-Legal Survey was conducted at Ambulga with Legal Aid Camp on the same day on 09th April 2018. Students were grouped to do the survey which helped in establishing good relationship with the people so they could openly discuss their legal issues with us. Students responded calmly and patiently and satisfied them with proper legal advice free Legal advice was provided to the Public in general. First hand information was collected and was analyzed under the guidance of Dr. P.P. Nathani, Dr. S.D. Panchal and Shri R.R. Shetty.

Activities Of Legal Aid Clinic 2015-16