Monday, November 28, 2022

Lawyers asked to maintain ‘highest ethical standards’

Secretary (judicial)department of Law and Justice, Nino Iralu called upon the legal services lawyers to maintain the “highest ethical standards” and provide effective legal services to the common people with special focus on the marginalised section of the society.
In a press release, Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) stated that Nino Iralu was addressing the inaugural programme of the state level training programme for retainer lawyers and panel lawyers on October 22 at SIRD Conference Hall, Kohima.
She advised the legal services lawyers to remain independent from money power and pressure and to maintain professional integrity so that their services were unquestioned and to the satisfaction of the receiver.
Stating that legal services lawyers should be more accessible and provide law and legal advices to those seeking it, she noted that most lawyers “normally do not open up when money is not involved” thus making common people reluctant to seek help.
Iralu also underscored the need for panel and retainer lawyers to spend more time with Under Trial Prisoners (UTPs), who they represent in the court.
She advised senior panel lawyers, who have more experience in the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), to mentor juniors and upcoming lawyers and Para Legal Volunteers (PLVs).
In the keynote address, NSLSA member secretary, Victo Sema reminded that the paramount role of the lawyers in legal services was disseminating information about the mission of legal services.
Victo said the mission was to empower marginalised and economically weaker section through legal awareness and assistance.
Underscoring the importance of lawyers enhancing their skill and knowledge, he said without “upgradation and enhancement” they would not be able to empower the grassroot people.
“No civilisation, country or society will grow and prosper when the majority of the population live in poverty and without any access to justice”, Victo added.
In the training session, district and session judge and chairperson, Phek DLSA, Mezivolu Therieh spoke on constitutional perspective of legal services and legal services authority act; chief judicial magistrate & secretary, Dimapur DLSA, Seyielenuo Mezhü spoke on lawyering skills: criminal: drafting, witness examination and arguments; senior advocate, Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench, R. Iralu dwelt on cursory glance on civil procedure code and its practices; chief judicial magistrate and secretary, Mokokchung DLSA, Wonchibeni V Patton spoke on overview of cybercrimes and cyber law: types of cybercrime, legal provisions and its prevention and advocate, Gauhati High Court, Kohima bench, Temjenmoa spoke on skills development on communication with clients and counselling.
The training was attended by 46 retainer lawyers and panel lawyers representing all DLSAs across the state.
Skill training for staff of subordinate courts in Dimapur
A skill development training programme for staff of subordinate courts of Nagaland organised by Judicial Academy, Assam in collaboration with Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench and department of Law & Justice was held at Law Guest House in Dimapur on October 21.
In the inaugural speech, Gauhati High Court judge, Justice Songkhupchung Serto said despite judiciary in Nagaland being at a nascent stage, it had made tremendous progress in terms of court infrastructure development of district court infrastructure.
Songkhupchung said new court complexes had been inaugurated in many districts and new court buildings were on the anvil in remaining districts.
He pointed out that alongside physical infrastructure, training of human resources to man the courts were also essential for justice delivery in the districts.
“The staff of the subordinate judiciary are the backbone of the district judiciary and to this end the court staff ought to be properly trained in the rules and procedure of the courts”, he stated.
He also stressed that dispensation of justice was incomplete without active involvement of court staff to assist, support judges and magistrates.
Resource persons for the training included Judicial Academy, Assam faculty members SP Moitra and Mridu Chanda Bordoloi, research officer Shivani Handique.

Justice S Serto with resource persons and participants on October 21.
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