November 9, 2017, USTM, Ri Bhoi : The University School of Law & Research, USTM had observed National Legal Service Day today having a gathering of all its enthusiastic student-participants. ‘The idea was to generate awareness amongst the common people as well as those who are into the legal field that however grim scenario is there in the Justice Delivery system, common people must not feel left out or deprived. And here in lies the significance of observing Legal Services Day – quoted Dr. Anil Kumar Sinha, Dean, USLR, USTM. Meanwhile it must be mentioned that Legal Services Day are being observed every year on 9th of November in all the states Authorities. At this day variety of legal literacy camps and functions are organized at many places in the capital city of the country. People from government as well as non government organizations take part in the functions and camps related to the Legal Services Day.
In his augural speech, Dr. Sinha recalled that Legal Aid Services Act was formulated in 1987 and enforced in 1995 to protect that Justice is delivered to the poor, to ensure compulsory free legal aid services to the underprivileged and weaker section of the society and that Directive Principles as charted out in the Indian Constitution are maintained. He also referred to some historical cases like M S Hoskot case of 1978, Hussainara Khatoon case of 1979 in a bid to assure the audience that Justice was delivered even before the Act was actually implemented.
Prof. Alaka Sharma, Dean, School of Social Sciences, USTM referred that a democratic country like India has always given adequate importance that by the Court of Law all are equal and there would be no exception to it. And that is why before the Legal Aid Services Act was enforced Public Prosecutors were engaged to protect the poor who do not have the resources to bear the expenses of legal proceedings. Ameera Yasmin Mazumder, Asst. Prof, USLR, through a power point presentation discussed the constitutional provisions for securing justice and different mechanisms or appellate bodies under Legal Aid Services Authority that are in place to reduce the anomalies lying hidden in the system of justice delayed and justice delivered.
The Chief Guest of the program, Mr. Mridul Saikia, Dy. Secretary, State Legal Service Authority, Assam, reiterated different perspectives of Indian Legal System through Hindi movie clippings where we have examples of both Justice Delayed and Justice Delivered. He then went on explaining how Judiciary can bring about a change in making a country a real welfare state, above all diminish the gap between haves and have-nots by abolishing all hindrances that may come within its ambit, be it political interference or other Executive bodies of the Legislature. Thus the independence of the Judiciary, the Judges, must be maintained so that common people can trust that the rights that are given to them by the Constitution are not there just for name sake but for the benefit of the downtrodden, weaker section of the society.
The program was followed by an agile interactive session with the students where all queries related to infrastructural, behavioral lapses implied in the Judicial system were addressed.