Sincere efforts to reach legal aid to poor stressed

Sincere efforts of all concerned have become imperative to reach cost-free legal services to the poor for ensuring justice for every destitute justice-seeker across the country, reports BSS. 

Officials of the judiciary, administration, law enforcement agencies, lawyers and civil society members made the observation at the post-rally discussion held on the District Judge Court premises in Rangpur city on Sunday afternoon.

The District Legal Aid Committee (DLAC) arranged the programmes to observe the National Legal Aid Services Day- 2019 with the theme of ‘Legal aid services free of cost is the contribution of Sheikh Hasina for Golden Bengal of Bangabandhu.’

Earlier, a colourful rally was brought out on the city streets with participation of judges of district judgeship, lawyers, human rights and NGO activists followed by special cultural function.

Senior District and Sessions Judge and Chairman of the DLAC Rasheda Sultana inaugurated observance of the day by releasing balloon on Judge Court premises and later presided over the post-rally discussion on the same venue.

Deputy Commissioner Enamul Habib, Additional District and Sessions Judges Dr Abdul Mazid and ABM Golam Rasul, Additional Police Super Rana Maruf, District Legal Aid Officer Rawshan Alam, President of Rangpur Ainjibi Samity Advocate Abdul Malek and its General Secretary Advocate Abdul Kaiyum and Panel lawyer of the DLAC Advocate Md. Sabuktagin, among others, addressed.

The speakers discussed various steps taken by the government for reaching cost-free legal aid services to the poor, economically backward and destitute people to ensure justice for them.

They laid emphasis on adequate publicity to create awareness among common people at grassroots levels and inspire them in availing the cost-free legal aid services to get justice with the government’s assistance.

Advocate Malek termed the cost-free legal aid programme, appointing panel lawyers on behalf of the poor litigants and taking responsibility by the government to ensure justice to them as an epoch-making footstep to ensure justice for all.

In her speech, Rasheda Sultana laid importance on proper coordination among officials, departments, institutions and organisations concerned to make the government’s legal aid services programme successful by ensuring justice to the poor litigants.