Monday, October 24, 2011

Chandy stresses importance of settling disputes out of court

by Special Correspondent

KELSA willing to set up legal aid clinics in all panchayats

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday said that delay and failure to implement the laws would affect the right of the people to get justice.

Inaugurating a one-day sensitisation programme for local body members on various laws, organised by the Kerala State Legal Services Authority (KELSA), he said that the problem was not the lack of laws but the delay and failure to implement them in their true spirit. Such a situation would affect the people badly.

Mr. Chandy said the local body members would be able to make people aware of their legal rights and educate them about the benefits of various laws. The programme would also equip them to resolve the disputes among people quickly and solve them in the initial stages.

He emphasised the need for solving disputes out-of-court.

Presiding over the function, acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court and Executive Chairman of KELSA C.N. Ramachandran Nair said that KELSA had established 150 legal aid clinics in the State. KELSA was an authority set up with the funds of the people. Therefore, the people had every right to get the benefits of free legal aid and other schemes provided by the authority. KELSA was willing to set up legal aid clinics in every grama panchayat if the local bodies arranged space for housing the clinics.

Seeking the help of legal aid clinics would save money and precious time for citizens. He said that most of the people were really in the dark about the activities of KELSA. He, therefore, called upon the members of local bodies to convey the message of free legal aid and other schemes of the authority to the needy.

B. Kemal Pash, Ernakulam Principal District Judge and Chairman, Ernakulam District Legal Services Authority; K.P. Dandapani, Advocate General; Thomas Abraham, President, Kerala High Court Advocates' Association; and George Merlo Pallath, President, Ernakulam Bar Association; spoke.

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