Legal Literacy Programs and Services

Goals:-

The Legal Literacy Programmes is one of the prestigious activities of the college through its Legal Aid Clinic that received overwhelming response from the Jalgaon city and Taluka of the districts. The aim of the literacy programmes is to create the legal awareness amongst the people and counseling of the poor and needy litigants. It provides the platform to the final year students to be societal oriented. In the consecutive years the issues and subjects addressed by many District Judge, Additional District Judges, and Judicial Magistrates, and Senior Advocates to achieve the goals of the programmes. Its success lies in right identification of the Taluka to make litigation free villages. It avails opportunity of amicable settlements of disputes and students get chance of Para legal services.

The objectives of the programmes are as:

  1. To Promote Constitutional mandate of Equal Justice and free legal Assistance
  2. To strengthen alternative dispute Resolution system
  3. To organize legal aid camps in rural or slum areas with the view to create awareness about the legal rights amongst the masses
  4. To understand their problems in a more appropriate and detailed manner.
  5. To empower underprivileged section of the society
  6. To develop the research knowledge and skill of the students
  7. To make students socially spirited citizen to provide free counseling and consultancy.
  8. Organizing legal aid camps at rural or slum areas invite many challenges.

It begins with searching of place where the camp is to be organized. The group of students thereafter conducts survey of socio-legal problems prevailed in that locality and address those problems through street plays and speeches. It is self-finance activity as the Institution does not get any financial assistance from government or any other agency to organize the camp. The other challenge faced by the Institution was to convince rural, illiterate people to take time off to attend the camp. To plug this problem the institution started the practice of addressing their issues through street plays with the view to make it more easy and interesting.

The Practice:-

The institution has designed legal aid activities in such a manner, so as to ensure that the opportunities of justice are denied to any citizen by the reason of economic or other disabilities. With this view, the institution strives to provide social justice to the people at no cost and at their doorstep. The programme of the college is unique in itself. The Clinic acts in collaboration with District Legal Services Authorities, Jalgaon. The prominent activities conducted throughout the year under Legal Aid Clinic are:

Rendering free Legal Counseling to poor and needy people:-  The Legal Aid Clinic of the institution provides free counseling from Monday to Friday between 3pm to 4pm to the poor and needy people.

Organizing Legal Aid Camps:- Every year Legal Aid Clinic of the Institution organizes legal Literacy Camps at rural or slum areas with the object to spread legal literacy amongst people. The Legal Aid Clinic consists of three faculty members and office superintendent, of whom one faculty member is the coordinator and other two are the members. The Co-coordinator fixes up the date in consultation with the Sarpanch of the Village. The Institution thereafter, takes an opportunity to invite the dignitaries such as members of Local judiciary, Members of District Bar Association, Police Inspector, Tahsil officer of the Village, Para Legal Volunteers etc.

Student perform street plays, display posters, prepare literary material to inform villagers about their rights and address the socio-legal problems faced by the villagers of that rural area with the guidance of eminent lawyers, famous advocates and judges. Villagers are also provided an opportunity to clarify their doubts. Thus, through Legal Aid Camp the institution gets an opportunity to understand the difficulties faced by people in the distant villages for having access to justice.

Acting Para Legal Volunteer:- Dr. Vijeta Singh, the faculty member of the Institution is selected as Para-legal volunteer by Maharashtra State Legal services Authority, Mumbai. She is deputed for delivering lectures and other activities of legal aid as per the instructions of District Legal services Authority, Jalgaon.

Students of Final Year conduct Surveys and prepare report:- The students of final year      conduct surveys of the legal services required for the people of that area including identification of the problems which call for a social justice litigation. For this purpose, they seek the assistance of members of legal aid clinic. The students prepare the report and write.

The response to the literacy programmes in the Jalgaon District is very good. It is not only the platform to provide legal information but also to enable poor and needy people to have access to justice with a view to uphold the Constitutional guarantees of equal Justice and free legal aid.

Legal aid camps are fruitful in providing legal advice and suggestions to the people of some remote areas who actually do not have necessary legal information. Later on also, some of these people contact with the Principal and teachers and seek suggestions regarding their legal problems. These have also become a learning process for the students. They gather practical knowledge regarding various cases by directly interacting with the people, which is not possible to gather in the classroom and through books. It is found that after coming back from the legal aid camps; the students can relate the legal provisions with the practical problems of the people, so, understanding of the provisions become more easy and clear.

The organization of legal literacy programmes is considered one of the most outstanding programme in which the students of the college perform street plays (Pathnatya) which is most effective way of addressing social-legal issues to illiterate rural masses.

Out Come:-The response to the literacy programmes in the Jalgaon District is very good. It is not only the platform to provide legal information but also to enable poor and needy people to have access to justice with a view to uphold the Constitutional guarantees of equal Justice and free legal aid.

Legal aid camps are fruitful in providing legal advice and suggestions to the people of some remote areas who actually do not have necessary legal information. Later on also, some of these people contact with the Principal and teachers and seek suggestions regarding their legal problems. These have also become a learning process for the students. They gather practical knowledge regarding various cases by directly interacting with the people, which is not possible to gather in the classroom and through books. It is found that after coming back from the legal aid camps; the students can relate the legal provisions with the practical problems of the people, so, understanding of the provisions become more easy and clear.

Hon’ble Miss. Savita Barne, Principal District Judge, Jalgaon Addressing Gathering.

Glimpses of Legal Aid Programs