Dimapur, Oct. 23 (EMN): The (Judicial) Secretary of the Department of Law and Justice, Government of Nagaland, Nino Iralu, called on the legal fraternity to uphold the highest ethical standards by remaining independent from the power and pressure of money, as well as ‘to be honest with its integrity so that the services they have rendered is unquestionable and to the satisfaction of the recipients.
Iralu said this while addressing the inaugural program of a one-day state-level training program for commissioned attorneys and panel attorneys on October 22 at the SIRD conference room in Kohima. Iralu asked lawyers in Legal Services to pay more attention to explaining the law and legal advice to anyone who comes to them, as she noted that lawyers do not normally open up when there is no money involved, which is why public or ordinary people are reluctant to approach or ask for help. of lawyers.
“When we open up, we also rise up,” she said.
Describing the legal services lawyers as harbingers of justice, she asked them to stay focused and accept responsibility for providing effective legal services to the common man, especially the marginalized part of the population, especially child victims, child offenders and missing children.
Iralu felt it was crucial for panel and commission attorneys to spend more time with the prisoners under trial (UTPs) they represent in court. She pointed out that the lack of one-to-one interaction with their clients could result in the facts in the case being “reversely presented” or even overlooked in the interpretation of the law in relation to the case. Apart from not only presenting the facts of the cases better, she said it could open up the possibility of the case being appealed again to the higher court and reaching the level of the High Court or the High Court. supreme.
The Secretary also asked the senior attorneys on the panel, who have more experience in the DLSA, to mentor junior and prospective volunteer attorneys and paralegals in professional or proper legal matters without focusing on the financial aspect.
NSLSA Member Secretary, Victo Sema, while delivering the keynote address, recalled the pivotal role lawyers in legal services play in spreading the mission of legal services. Sema said the mission is to empower the marginalized and economically weaker section through legal awareness and legal assistance.
He, however, said that without upgrading and improving the knowledge and skills of lawyers, the base will not be empowered. He therefore asked the lawyers to be aware and aware of their duties in carrying out the constitutional occupation.
“No civilization, country or society will be able to grow and prosper when the majority of the population lives in poverty and without any access to justice,” he said.
During the training session, Mezivolu Therieh, District and Sessions Judge and Chairman of Phek DLSA, spoke on the “Constitutional Perspective of Legal Services and Legal Services Authority Act”; while Seyielenuo Mezhü, Chief Judicial Magistrate and Secretary of Dimapur DLSA, spoke about “legal skills: criminal, drafting, questioning witnesses and arguments”; Gauhati High Court Senior Solicitor Kohima Bench R Iralu spoke on “A Quick Look at the Code of Civil Procedure and its Practices;” Wonchibeni V Patton, Chief Judicial Magistrate and Secretary of Mokokchung DLSA , spoke on “Overview of Cybercrime and Cyberlaw: Types of Cybercrime, Legal Provisions and Its Prevention;” and Temjenmoa, Gauhati High Court Barrister, Kohima Bench, spoke about “developing client communication and counseling skills.”
The report says a total of 46 attorneys and attorneys from the group representing all district legal services authorities in the state attended the training.