CJ highlights role of legal aid in ensuring justice for marginalized communities

Chief Justice N Kotiswar Singh inaugurating Legal Aid Clinic at MIET School of Law on Tuesday.
Chief Justice N Kotiswar Singh inaugurating Legal Aid Clinic at MIET School of Law on Tuesday.

* Inaugurates Legal Aid Clinic at MIET School of Law
Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 9: A Legal Aid Clinic at the MIET School of Law was inaugurated here today by Justice N. Kotiswar Singh, the Chief Justice, High Court of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and Patron-in-Chief, J&K Legal Services Authority.
He was accompanied by Justice Tashi Rabstan and Justice Atul Shreedharan, Executive Chairmen, J&K Legal Services Authority and Ladakh Legal Services Authority respectively.
On their arrival, the Chief Justice and other dignitaries were warmly received by Sanjay Parihar, Principal District & Sessions Judge, Jammu, Amit Gupta Member Secretary, J&K Legal Services Authority, Prof. Ankur Gupta, Director MIET, Ruchika Gupta, Joint Director, Prof. Sunita Koul, Dean, MIET School of Law and Prof. Sahil Sawhney, GM Strategic Initiatives.
According to the Chief Justice, legal aid clinic is a significant initiative at the MIET School of Law which aims to enhance access to justice for the underprivileged and provide practical legal experience to law students besides enhancing their legal acumen while serving the needs of underprivileged sections of the society.
The inauguration of Legal Aid Clinic was followed by an impactful awareness program for law students on the topic “Access to Justice through Legal Services and the Role of Law Students” organized by the J&K Legal Services Authority, in collaboration with the District Legal Services Authority, Jammu and MIET, School of Law.
In his inaugural address, the Chief Justice, highlighted the critical role of legal aid in ensuring justice for marginalized communities. He emphasized the importance of legal services authorities in bridging the gap between the law and the people. He emphasized the need for every student of law to remember the Preamble to the Constitution of India, which defines core values as a nation. He lauded the MIET School of Law for provisioning high quality infrastructure for the Legal Aid Clinic and promised full support of the J&K Legal Services Authority in ensuring that the Legal Aid Clinic meets its stated objectives to reach out and help those entitled to free legal aid.
He also highlighted the challenges confronting the legal system in country and outlined the initiatives that the students at MIET School of Law can undertake to play a constructive role in transforming the legal system while alleviating the sufferings of the poor.
Justice Tashi Rabstan, in his special address, underscored the need to raise awareness about legal rights and the availability of legal services.
In his welcome address, Prof. Ankur Gupta, Director, MIET, School of Law, expressed his gratitude for selecting MIET, School of Law, for establishing a Legal Aid Clinic.
Following the welcome address, Asmi Abrol, a law student, delivered a valuable presentation depicting the importance of legal services and the proactive role, law students can play in ensuring access to justice for all.
The programme was attended by M. K. Sharma, Principal Secretary to the Chief Justice, Rajinder Sapru, Registrar Rules, Sandeep Kour, Registrar Judicial, Jammu, Prem Sagar, Secretary, High Court Legal Services Committee, Rajni Sharma, Joint Registrar Judicial, Jammu, Anil Sharma Chief LADC along with his team, Advocates, staff and PLVs of J&K Legal Services Authority. The event also witnessed enthusiastic participation from around 240 law students, faculty members, and administrative staff of MIET, School of Law, Jammu.
The formal vote of thanks was proposed by Smriti Sharma, Secretary, DLSA Jammu.