A seminar on legal awareness was conducted on Friday by Legal Aid and Counselling Centre (LACC), under the auspices of the State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) at AIDA, Don Bosco Higher Secondary School complex. The seminar was organized by City Law College Students’ Union under the theme ‘Know your legal rights’ with Hukato Swu, district and sessions judge as chief guest. The resource persons were Akum, additional public prosecutor and P. Leonard Aier, chairman LACC.
Speaking at the seminar, Hukato shared on the importance of knowing ones own legal rights and enactment of Legal Services Authority Act-1987. He said the message of the constitution under article 39A is simple as it guaranteed to provide equal justice and free legal aid. He said the legal service authority act was framed after observing that the legal service was dilatory and expensive and the act emphasized to see that people were not denied of justice because of economic problems and also to disseminate information and awareness so that people know their rights. Hukato lamented that even educated people were ignorant when legal rights is concerned and urged the gathering to be aware of their legal rights.
The resource person, Akum, additional public prosecutor spoke on “Basis fundamental rights” and expressed legal awareness as one of the basic thing and said people should be aware of the rule of law and right to live to the expectation. He said corruption in society was mainly due to ignorance of law and urged people to know their legal rights. Akum also asserted that every individual is part of corruption as they are not contributing what they are assigned for.
He also lauded LACC for the free legal service rendered towards the needy people which in turn helped the court to precede the procedure. He also stressed on United Nations declaration of Human Rights, fundamental rights and duties, consumer rights and motor vehicle Act 1988. He however said citizens should perform their duties as rights were followed by duties.
Speaking on the topic, ‘Career prospect in legal profession’, P. Leonard Aier said today the concept of legal rights had become so important and that if the law is not healthy, society and state would not be healthy, adding law of the land be in touched with society.
He expressed that in Nagaland the concept of legal profession was not so encouraging and not so developed in north east India.
However, he said, today with the separation of judiciary from other organs of the government, the court had become powerful and legal profession has lot of prospects in a sovereign democratic country.
The seminar was participated by various colleges in Dimapur, students’ bodies and NGOs.