Phek legal services train paralegal volunteers
Dimapur, Oct. 23 (EMN): The district legal services authority (DLSA) of Phek conducted a training programme for paralegal volunteers on October 21 during which they were given training in the role and work of the legal volunteers.
The government publicity agency the department of Information and Public Relations (IPR) gave updates informing about the programme.
During the training programme, a panel lawyer Keneinuo Swuro spoke about the role and responsibilities, purpose, and the do and don’t of paralegal volunteers. She said the paralegal volunteers are engaged to ensure that legal aid is reached to section of people, the IPR stated. They are expected to act as intermediaries bridging the gap between the people and the legal institutions.
“They are expected not only to impart the legal awareness on law and legal system but would be able to assist the people who are in need of legal assistance,” the trainees were told.
Another resource person Cheliam Khiamniungan, secretary of the Phek DLSA spoke about the role of paralegal volunteers in legal services clinics, police stations, jails, and at homes and public places, the IPR stated.
Khiamniungan highlighted how paralegal volunteers can provide people legal assistance in said. She encouraged them to build good relations with stakeholders of the community such as the district administration and village councils. They were advised to identify people in need of legal assistance and to provide them with assistance when they need legal aid, the IPR stated.
Sekhotso Rokha, another panel lawyer, spoke about various government schemes and schemes of the NSLSA, the role of paralegal volunteers on how to identify beneficiaries and provide assistance to enable them to avail the schemes.
Further, practical classes on how to file First Information Reports, simple application affidavits and application to departments was conducted by Mezivolu Therieh, chairperson of the Phek DLSA, the updates stated. She gave a briefing about record keeping and reporting liaising, the IPR informed.
Paralegal volunteers from various clinics attended the training. An interactive session was conducted too, the updates stated.