AP: High Court CJ Justice Mishra initiated by ‘Mission Legal Services’ under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav
Described as a legal aid movement that provides justice to all the poor
State High Court Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra on Tuesday inaugurated the Mission Legal Services, a mission set up by the Andhra Pradesh High Court Legal Services Committee with the aim of providing all kinds of legal services to the downtrodden, the poor and the illiterate who cannot get justice due to helplessness.
The inaugural function of the mission was held on Tuesday at the premises of the State High Court in Amravati Neelapadu.
Chief Justice of the State High Court Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra, who was the chief guest at the event, said the Mission Legal Services was launched at the call of the National Legal Service, New Delhi, as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav program.
He said the mission would launch legal services by adopting selected villages in Thadepalli, Sattenapalli, Pratipada, Tulluru and Penamaluru mandals in Krishna and Guntur districts.
Legal services centers will be set up on the premises of panchayat offices / high / primary schools in the adopted villages by the 14th of this month.
Chirravur, Gundimeda, Ippatam, Kolanukonda, Kunchanapalli, Penumaka, Thadepalli, Undavalli villages in Thadepalli Mandal, Phanidam, Gudipudi, Nandigaru, Pedamakkena villages in Sattenapalli Mandal, Yanamadala, Idulapalam, Tammalapulam, Gottipadu, Gottipadu, Villages and legal services centers are being set up in Penamaluru, Kanur, Thadigadapa, Yanamalakuduru, Vanukuru and Goshala villages in the Penamaluru mandals.
A core committee has been set up to identify major problems in the respective villages as well as drinking water and sewerage problems and the problems of women, children, the elderly, unorganized workers, transgender, traffickers, farmers and corona victims. Law students from law colleges and selected lawyers will be members of this core committee. He said steps would be taken to address issues that need to be resolved at the village and zonal levels immediately and free legal aid would be provided in cases where cases need to be filed.
Addressing law students who will be touring the villages as members of these committees, he said the role of law students was crucial in the successful implementation of the mission. They want to act as a bridge between the judiciary and the citizens and play a key role in resolving their issues. He said there was a need to take steps to resolve their issues on the spot through mediation without taking them to court. Later, Chief Justice of the State Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra waved the flag at the vehicles heading for the tour of the adopted revenue villages.
Andhra Pradesh Legal Services Authority Chairman Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah said there were outstanding laws to provide justice to all citizens and protect their rights but unfortunately they were not doing it to them out of ignorance. He called on law students to play a key role in creating awareness among the public on such laws and to make the implementation of this mission a success. They want to fully understand all the problems and take immediate steps to solve the problems by giving them proper advice from a humanitarian point of view. He also told the students that it was not right to bring every dispute to court.
Justice Avie Seshasai, who presided over the inaugural function, said the mission would be implemented as part of the Azadika Amrita Mahotsava program organized by the Central Government on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the formation of independent India. He said six committees have been set up under the State High Court Legal Services Committee to implement the mission. The committees are made up of principals, lecturers, law students and 41 advocates from 8 law colleges.
Andhra Pradesh High Court Legal Services Committee Secretary MV Ramana Kumari said the committee was set up in 2019. He said the committee has so far provided legal assistance to 304 people, assisted 53 in filing cases in the Supreme Court and settled 4,000 pending cases in the state high court through the Lok Adalat.
State High Court Advocates Association President K. Janaki Rami Reddy and Siddhartha Law College Principal CH. Divakar Babu were addressed by several judges, advocates and students from various law colleges.