The Legal Aid Committee (LAC) of the Tamil Nadu National Law University was constituted in 2014, with a view to promote legal awareness among the generalpublic. The prime objective is to educate the weaker sections of the society on their basic rights and duties enshrined in the Constitution of India and various legislations. This objective is realised by conducting periodic legal awareness camps in schools and colleges in Tiruchirappalli. The LACis also committed to provide access to free legal aid,and to achieve the same, a Legal Aid Clinic (functioning every Wednesday between 3PM-5PM) has been set up in association with the District Legal Services Authority, Tiruchirappalli.Through these activities, the LAC seeks to bridge the gap between the existence and the realisation of legal rights.
The LAC has been reconstituted for the academic year 2018-2019, with the Faculty In-charge Dr. S.K. Balashanmugam. The members of the present committee are as follows
Convenor : 1. Sriraksha V Srivatsav[V year]
Co-Convenor : 2. ShrayashreeT [IV year]
Secretary : 3. RamakashG S [III year]
Treasurer : 4. ThejashviniRa [III year]
Addl. Secretary : 5. SanjithaUmapathy [III year]
Co-Treasurer : 6. Mahemma S [III year]
|1. Akalya R [V year]||2. Kanmani P [V year]||3. Sidhaarth L N [V year]||4. Thejaswini Srikanth [V year]|
|5. Aabha Jain [V year]||6. Retika Yadav [V year]||7. ShubhangGomasta[V year]||8. Varsha K S [V year]|
|9. JeyaPrasath[IV year]||10. Shwathini K [IV year]||11. Madonna Jephi[IV year]||12. Manoj M [IV year]|
|13. Lydia Steffi Catherine S [IV year]||14. Rigved Prasad [IV year]||15. ShuwakithaChandrasekaran[IV year]||16. KaramchandKandasamy R [IV year]|
|17. Pavithra Devi M.S. [IV year]||18. Aafreen. R.S [IV year]||19. Shiny Angel [IV year]||20. PozhilIlavenil[III year]|
|21. Sashinyaa R [III year]||22. Aishwaryaa A [III year]||23. NeemaNeerackal[II year]||24. Yeswanthika[II year]|
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“Justice may be blind, but she has very sophisticated listening devices.”--Edgar Argo
Lady Justice has always been lampooned for being blind to the truth, but how often do people know the way to carry it to her?
The constitution of India under Article 39A, provides for free legal assistance to all its citizens. Upholding similar principles, the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), the parent body of State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) and the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) was established. They believe that no citizen shall be denied the opportunity of securing justice on any ground including socio-economic reasons.
LEGAL AID COMMITTEE (LAC), TNNLU
Legal aid cells at law Universitys help in inculcating a sense of social responsibility amongst the students. It is a crucial part of learning done at law University. LAC, TNNLU, a student run body was established in November, 2014 with an objective of extending legal help to the needy and imparting legal awareness.
Apart from running a legal aid clinic that is active every Wednesday, 3:00pm to 5:00pm with the able assistance of the DLSA, Trichy, we also conduct regular field visits to nearby villages and organise free legal aid camps.
We are happy to witness the success of LAC at the blossoming stage itself. Lohidasan, a resident of Pahanur Village, Srirangam Taluk has acquired his due share of property with the assistance of LAC.
Faculty In charge: Ms. Deepa Manickam
Convenor: Gokul Sankara Narayanan
Co convenor: George J. Nalappat
Members: 1. Akalya Ravichandran
2. Sriraksha V Srivatsav
3. Shashank S
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" The Legal Aid Committee of Tamil Nadu National Law University conducted the 1st Inter University Law Fest, Lafesto'17 from 17th to 19th of March 2017, attracting 74 participants from 12 law universities around India.
The inauguration ceremony was held on the evening of 17th March and Secretary of Tamil Nadu State Judicial Academy Mr.Mehboob Ali Khan graced this occasion with his presence. The events, namely, RTI Drafting, PIL Drafting, Judgment Translation, Extempore, Dumb Charades, Crime Scene Investigation, Client Counseling, Minority Opinion Justification, Street Play and Short Film were conducted on the 18th and 19th of March and were judged by Professors from various law universities and also Partners from various law firms.
The valedictory ceremony of the fest was held on the evening of 19th March and it was graced by Madras High Court Justice S Vaidyanathan and Justice S Sundar with their presence. "
A total of 15 students (including the volunteers) visited two villages –Paganur and Manikandam on the 10th of February. The student volunteers spoke to every resident of the villages and heard their grievances.
1) The state government had removed a Tasmac from the village a couple of years ago but they still illegally sell alcohol in a house which is located right opposite to a primary University. This has made several children indulge in alcohol. – Nadu Paganur.
2) There is no proper drainage system in the village (excluding the street where the village henchman lives). There is stagnation of water up to knee level and they have been suffering from this for over 2 years. – Paganur and Manikandam.
3) There isn’t a proper primary health care clinic in both the villages due to which the residents are forced to travel all the way to InamKolathur village for even the slightest of illness.
4) Many residents need to make some alterations in their adhaar cards and birth certificates.
WHAT THE LEGAL AID COMMITTEE WANTS TO DO:
. Set up a medical camp in alliance with Trichy Government College students for a day in the aforementioned villages.
. Set up an Akshaya Centre to help the people make alterations in their Adhaar cards.
. Request the Collector to take actions against the illegal sale of alcohol and towards the betterment of the drainage system in those villages.
Fourth Legal Awareness Programme (Nov 17 2017) The Legal Aid Committee of Tamil Nadu National Law University, Trichy, on the 17th of November, 2017, conducted a legal awareness program in St. Joseph College, Trichy for the History Department which comprised of around 600 students. The program was an hour long with lectures by the student members of the committee, on the RTI Act, Cyber Crimes, Ill-effects and legislations against narcotics, followed by a street play on sexual assault and ragging, a mime on Rights of Arrested persons and a short film on the Sexual Harassment of Women at workplace Act, 2013. The crowd was attentive and enthusiastic throughout the hour which acted as a major encouragement to the Legal Aid Committee members.
NALSA 30th Year Anniversary Rally (Nov 9 2017) November 9th, 2017 marked the 30th anniversary of National Legal Services Authority of India (NALSA). In pursuance of the same the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Trichy conducted a rally from 9.00 am to 10.30 am. The rally was from the District Court, Trichy to Central Bus stand. The Legal Aid Committee of TNNLU takes immense pride in letting you know that around 20 of our students participated in the rally to showcase support for Legal awareness while emphasizing on women rights and abolition of child labor.
REPORT ON THE BASE LINE SOCIO-LEGAL SURVEY FOR CONDUCTING LEGAL AID CAMPS The members of the Legal Aid Committee of the University visited 5 villages spread within 5 kilometres of the University, namely – Navalurkuttapattu, Ramji Nagar, Keezhakothamangalam, Pirattiyur andK.Kallikudi along with the Para Legal Volunteer, Mr. G.M.EzhilElumalai appointed by the District Legal Service Authority, Trichy on 11th October 2017. The village visit was organized by the Committee to acclimatize itself with the local conditions and problems faced by the people in the said area so as to conduct legal aid camps in the said places in the near future. The para legal volunteer explained the structure as well as the procedures that are involved in the grass root level works of DLSA. The members had an orientation session regarding the significance of participation of the student community in the issues of grievance redressal as well as general legal awareness programmes. The Committee members were provided vital information about specific legal issues affecting five villages, as well as the locations for organising camps like community halls, authorities to be contacted, logistics, practical impediments and the ways to deal with such impediments and so on. The scope of law students working in association with governmental agencies such as DLSA was well explained by the Para Legal Volunteer. The members were asked to help the people in writing the petitions for their grievance redressal during the legal aid camps organised by DLSA; to read and review the petitions received during the camps to understand the societal issues and expectations of the public; to follow up the petitions received by contacting DLSA which will speed up the procedures.With the orientation, the Legal Aid Committee is expecting to expand its services by organising weekly camps in villages in order to further effectuate its objectives of spreading legal awareness and legal education to those who are denied and deprived of it.
The Legal aid committee of Tamil Nadu National Law University, for the academic year of [SEPTEMBER 15,2017] The Legal aid committee of Tamil Nadu National Law University, for the academic year of 2017-2018, carried out its third Legal Awareness Programme at Government Higher Secondary University, PeriyanagakiChatiram, Trichy, for the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students on September 15th, 2017. The programme was one hour long with the members of the committee giving speeches, performing short plays and mimes on various legislations and schemes relevant to the audience that had gathered. The programme began with the faculty in charge of the Legal Aid Committee, Ms.DeepaManickam, giving a short introductory speech. . It was followed by speeched on Domestic Violence Act, POCSO Act, Narcotics Act, RTI Act, and Career in Law by the Members of the Committee. A question and answer session was held after that and it was addressed by the faculty and members of the committee.
The Legal aid committee of Tamil Nadu National Law University, for the academic year of [August 22,2017] The Legal aid committee of Tamil Nadu National Law University, for the academic year of 2017-2018, carried out a Legal Awareness Programme at Poongodi Government University, Trichy, for the 9th , 10th, 11th and 12th grade students on August 22nd, 2017. The programme was one hour long with the members of the committee giving speeches, performing short plays and mimes on various legislations and schemes relevant to the audience that had gathered. Owing to the presence of a large number of students, two classes were used for the programme. In one, the 12th standard students were seated and in the other the 9than 10th Standard students. The programme began with the faculty in charge of the Legal Aid Committee, Ms. Deepa Manickam, giving a short introductory speech in both the classes. It was followed by speeched on Domestic Violence Act, POCSO Act, Narcotics Act, RTI Act, and Career in Law by the Members of the Committee. A question and answer session was held after that and it was addressed by the faculty and members of the committee.
Recently concluded First Legal Awareness Program [August 18,2017]
In order to promote legal awareness in the society, the LAC- Legal Aid Committee carries out various legal awareness programmes in and around the districts of Trichy.
The newly constituted Legal Aid Committee of Tamil Nadu National Law University has successfully concluded its First Legal Awareness Programme for the academic year of 2017-2018 at Annai Indira University, Vannangoil, Trichy, for the 11th and 12th grade students on August 18th, 2017. This is an ongoing project of the law University as part of its community outreach programme. The programme was one hour long with the members of the committee giving speeches, performing short plays and mimes on various legislations and schemes relevant to the audience who had gathered. The programme began with the faculty in charge of the Legal Aid Committee, Prof. Deepa Manickam, giving a short introductory speech. After that, speeches given on Domestic Violence Act, POCSO Act, Narcotics Act, RTI Act, and Career in Law by the Members of the Committee. A question and answer session was held after that and it was addressed by the faculty and members of the committee.
LAFESTO 17 2nd INTRA UNVERSITY LEGAL FEST (OCT 15&16 2017) The legal aid committee of Tamil Nadu National Law University conducted the 2nd edition of its Intra University Law fest, LaFesto' 17 from 15th to 16th of October, attracting over 300 participants. A wide array of events were held, namely, RTI drafting, PIL drafting, Dumb charades, Crime Scene Investigation, Client Counselling, Judgment translation, Minority opinion justification, street play, law quiz, Extempote and short film and were judged by various eminent persons in the field of law. The valedictory ceremony of the fest was held on 6th of November and this occasion was graced by the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Kamala Shankaran and Professor Soman with their presence.