Providing timely legal aid to UTPs mandatory: Judge Chai

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Indian laws, particularly National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), have made it mandatory to appraise under trial prisoners (UTPs) and convicts about their rights to avail free legal Under Section 12 of Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, from the legal services institutions (LSIs), said Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) member Jaweplu Chai.

Judge Chai, who along with Lohit district & sessions judge-cum- DLSA chairman Yomge Ado, visited Tezu district jail on April 3 and while interacting with 23 UTPs, 35 prisoners, including three convicts, who are lodged for more than 14 years, highlighted issues of providing timely free legal help to them  and various provisions under which prisoners can be effectively represented in the courts besides conduct of periodical legal awareness programme in the jail.

After informing provisions of premature release, she  said that one of the core area of activity of the LSIs is to ensure providing timely legal aid to all persons in custody.

They also reviewed management of the jail, functioning of its legal aid clinic set up in jail premises by the APSLSA and managed by legal aid counsel and para legal volunteers deputed by the  DLSA for visiting the clinic thrice in a week or on call on need basis. She also interacted jail deputy superintendent of Jail and his subordinate staff., according to an APLSA release.

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