Collective efforts needed for ensuring litigants rights
15 March 2016, Nirapad News: Speakers at a view-sharing meeting observed that concerted efforts of all concerned including judiciary, legal practitioners and law enforcers to ensure legitimate rights of the litigants.
They viewed importance should be given on close coordination between the works of all the government and non-government organisations concerned besides building a network to earn desired yield in this regard.
Rajshahi Unit of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) organised the meeting with District Legal Aid Committee (DLAC) at District Judge Court Conference room in Rajshahi city yesterday afternoon relating to the programme for providing cost-free legal aid to the target people.
Senior District and Session Judge Begum Kabita Khanom and Tribunal Judge for Prevention of Women and Child Repression KM Shaheed Ahmed addressed the discussion as chief and special guests respectively with Advocate Nazmus Saadat, President of local unit BLAST, in the chair.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mijanur Rahman, Chief Judicial Magistrate Al Asad Asifuzzaman, District Legal Aid Officer Selim Reja, Additional District Magistrate Ataul Gani, Additional SP Abul Kalam Azad, General Secretary of Advocate Bar Association Jamshed Ali, Editor of Daily Sonar Desh Akbarul Hassan Millat and President of local unit Bangladesh Mohila Parishad Kolpona Roy also spoke. BLAST Coordinator Advocate Abdus Samad moderated the discussion.
The discussants mentioned that there should be adequate measures of making all the poor and distressed litigants particularly the hard-to-reach people aware about the existing cost-free legal aid services so that they could derive total benefits of the services.
Chief Guest Kabita Khanom emphasised the need for efforts of all quarters to ensure access to justice of the distressed and disadvantaged people. They viewed that infusing dynamism in the legal aid services could be the effective means of attaining the cherished goal.
She said only the judiciary or any other single organisation is not capable to ensure legal aid to the underprivileged people but a comprehensive effort is essential in this regard.
Besides, she emphasised the need for reaching the legal aid activities to the grassroots alongside expediting the services towards the poor and distressed victims for protecting their fundamental human rights.
Stressing the need for vigorous advocacy for cost free legal services she said there should be watchdogs to protect the vulnerable and distressed population to ensure justice for them. She also put forward a number of recommendations.