A motivational meeting with the participation of panel lawyer clerks by Shariatpur District Legal Aid Office in collaboration with Madaripur Legal Aid Association.
It was held on Sunday 27th November in Shariatpur District and Sessions Judge Court Building No. 203 under the chairmanship of Shariatpur District Legal Aid Committee Chairman Senior District and Sessions Judge Sheikh Mofizur Rahman and the project coordinator of Promoting Rule of Law through Strengthening Formal and Informal Justice System was conducted by Advocate Mohammad Ibrahim Mia. Senior District and Sessions Judge Sheikh Mofizur Rahman delivered the welcome speech at the meeting. Judge Swapan Kumar Sarkar of Women and Child Abuse Prevention Tribunal, Chief Judicial Magistrate Md. Salehuzzaman, Chief Coordinator of Madaripur Legal Aid Association Advocate Khan Md. Shahid also spoke in the meeting.
In the meeting, District Legal Aid Officer (Senior Assistant Judge) Md. Khaled Mia presented a brief discussion on Legal Aid Act, 2000 and the duties of panel lawyer’s clerks. Then Senior District and Sessions Judge Sheikh Mofizur Rahman exchanged opinions with the assistants of the panel lawyers.
District Legal Aid Committee Chairman Senior District and Sessions Judge Sheikh Mofizur Rahman said in his speech that Madaripur Legal Aid Association is a pioneer in Bangladesh in providing free legal aid. Today’s event is with their support. Justice candidates can play an important role as law clerks in ensuring the right of the poor and disadvantaged to access the law.
Law clerks are the lifeblood of the judiciary. Justice candidates come to you and encourage them to take up the services of the Legal Aid Office, sympathize with the helpless people. With your support, the activities of the Shariatpur District Legal Aid Office will reach the doorsteps of marginalized communities. In order to ensure access to justice for poor people, the National Legal Aid Act, 2000 has been enacted in Bangladesh to provide legal aid at government expense. Any citizen can get legal information, advice from district legal aid office, any citizen can take help of legal aid office for alternative dispute resolution without filing suit, poor and helpless people can file suit at government expense. However, to build public awareness on this issue, legal aid programs need extensive campaigning. Poor, destitute and helpless people should be informed about the activities of the District Legal Aid Office. In this case, lawyers’ assistants can play an important role.
It should be noted that this is the first meeting in Bangladesh organized by the District Legal Aid Office with the help of panel lawyer’s clerks.