LEGAL AID CELLS
Article 39A of the Constitution of India provides for free legal aid to the poor and weaker sections of the society and ensures justice for all. Article 14 and 22(1) of the constitution also make it obligatory for the State to ensure equality before law and a legal system which promotes justice on the basis of equal opportunity to all. The Legal Services Authorities Act came into force on 9th November, 1995 with an object to establish a nationwide uniform network for providing free and competent legal services to the weaker sections of the society on the basis of equal opportunity. The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to monitor and evaluate implementation of legal services available under the Act.
A State Legal Services Authority, a High Court Legal Services Committee. District Legal Services Authorities and Taluka Legal Services Committees have been constituted in order to give effect to the policies and directions of the NALSA and to provide free legal services to the people and conduct Lok Adalats in the State.
Encouraging Law students to discharge their social commitment, has become part of the curriculum. Law schools can play a role in mitigating the prevailing injustices and creating legal awareness to act as an effective instrument of access to justice.
LEGAL LITERACY PROGRAMS
Many of the people are unaware of the legal rights conferred upon them which lead to exploitation and deprivation of their rights and benefits.
There is an emergent need for generating awareness of rights as knowledge and as a tool of change. Legal literacy is an indispensable means for effective socio-economic participation.
This program encourages law students to discharge their social commitment by adopting a village and organizing legal-aid and facilitating access to indigent and weaker sections of the communities.