The Legal Aid Clinic started in Sree Narayana Law College, Poothotta, as per the Bar Council’s regulatory and representative mandate under section 7 for legal profession and legal education in India. Legal Aid Clinic works to bridge the gap between the justice delivery system and underprivileged sections of society by organizing legal literacy camps, social action mobilization camps, conducting socio-legal surveys on issues relating to the urban poor and the unrepresented, public-interest litigation/social action litigation, and interacting with social welfare organizations. By participating in the clinic, students practice the skills they learn about in class and they are exposed to social action work. The Clinic reevaluates its mission annually, with a focus on projects that provide students a platform to cultivate practical and professional skills. Current goals of the Legal Aid Clinic include expanding pro-bono legal services and drafting rules relating to pro-bono work, improving the legal aid policy of the state, and spreading legal awareness. We are working on an outreach project in collaboration with Rajagiri out Reach, Kalamassery and also in tie up with NHRC (National Human Rights Commission) to start anti- human trafficking clubs in our institution.
In pursuance of the same the Legal Services Clinic offers legal and paralegal services by the faculty and the students. It not only provides a centre for practical professional training for students of law, but more importantly, provides free legal services to the socially and the economically backward sections of the society who have difficulty in accessing the judicial system under the guidance of Kerala State Mediation And Conciliation Centre and KELSA ( Kerala State Legal Services Authority).
The mandate of the Legal Aid Clinic is broadly classified into two – legal aid and legal awareness.
A dedicated Legal Aid Clinic has been in operation at the SNLC campus since its inception. This Clinic has since been used to provide free legal advice and counseling for people from various sections of society, as well as facilitating mediation from time to time. Additionally, we have a pro-bono panel consisting of many eminent lawyers including many judges from the High Court who volunteer and handle these cases that come to the Clinic.
Tie-up with NGOs- Legal Aid Clinics has tie-ups with NGOs such as Rajagiri Out Reach (a professional service wing of Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kalamassery which works for neighborhood social work Programme), Jananeethi, DLSA, KELSA etc. We conducted many legal surveys, feed backs etc... In our nearby Panchayaths, Anganwadis and visited many governmental organizations and police stations and conducted various seminars along with legal awareness classes.
Additionally, a lot of Legal Aid Clinic’s activities concern promotion of legal awareness in the society. For this, the members of the Clinic along with other students regularly conduct Legal Literacy Programmes and street plays for different audiences. These LLPs are conducted for adolescents in several schools in the city. We also conduct them in many different NGOs. In association with the Kerala Legal Services Authority, Legal Aid Clinics conducts Legal Literacy programs in various schools and colleges. Further we put up plays on new areas of law on various occasions like Environment Day etc.
Future Projects: Legal Aid Clinics has been deeply involved in pro-bono and public policy orientated research, and has been increasingly taking part in and helping coordinate projects in association with other organizations like NHRC, KELSA etc. A two day workshop was held on 12th and 13th July 2014 by the Kerala High Court jointly with the National Human Rights Commission. The students of our institution participated the sessions and declared to start Anti- Human Trafficking (AHT) clubs in our college.
On 30-07-2014, a District Jail and Borstal School, Thrikkakara visit has been organized by the Legal Aid wing in our college. A three hour class on legal awareness has been scheduled on 5th August 2014. The students of our college will take legal awareness classes on the scheduled date.
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