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Saturday, 21-October-2017

LEGAL AID FOR POOR

Facilitation officers will assist in court cases pending for over 10 years

The government has decided to appoint facilitation officers in over 200 rural districts to help poor people coordinate with the government and the courts, and work towards getting their cases heard in fast-track courts.

These officers will be hired in the districts where the court cases are pending for over 10 years, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Addressing a function at the Allahabad High Court, Prasad said, “There are around 2.5 lakh common service centres (CSCs) in the country which are run by women and youth where PAN, Aadhaar cards are made and other digital services are provided.”

“We will train people and attach them with the CSCs. There are poor people who need justice and they should get proper legal advice before the hearing of a case. We are working towards that and begin with 200 CSCs in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh as pilot projects,” he said.

The minister also said that in phase-II of e-computing, the District Legal Services Authorities will be computerised. Prasad exhorted those involved in the legal profession to help the government in achieving its objectives by devoting their time and energy in cases “that may be pro bono and may not bring publicity”.

“We will soon launch a web portal and request registered lawyers, who want to work for those in need of justice, to volunteer in the project. Working with NALSAR (a Hyderbad-based premier law university), we will create a database of the people who are in need of justice. And, I am happy to inform you all that UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) has accepted to work as interface between those seeking justice and those providing legal help,” Prasad said.