Legal Aid Clinic opened at OTC, Yangli

Justice Songkhupchung Serto inaugurating the Legal Aid Clinic at OTC, Yangli.
Justice Songkhupchung Serto inaugurating the Legal Aid Clinic at OTC, Yangli.

Tuensang, April 11 (MExN): Justice Songkhupchung Serto Judge, Gauhati High Court, Kohima bench and Executive Chairman, Nagaland State Legal Services Authority inaugurated a Legal Aid Clinic at Oriental Theological College, Yangli, Tuensang on April 10.

The inauguration was done in the presence of Principal Secretary, Justice and Law Department, Government of Nagaland Ramakhrishnan, IAS; NSLSA Member Secretary N Longshithung Ezung, NJS and Secretary, Law & Justice Department, Nino Iralu, NJS. 

In his address, Serto noted that theological college should be a place where justice should be taught and the notion of justice should be spoken and disseminated to the public. Therefore, establishing a legal clinic here is rightly undertaken whereby justice becomes part of the curriculum, he opined. 

Dwelling on the notion of justice as surpassing the Court, the judge reminded the attendance of the importance and use of justice in the Bible numerous times and without which tranquility and peace are absent. 

Meanwhile, Ramakhrishnan, IAS stated that in pursuing the wrong path, one fails to receive justice for which one needs guidance and help. As such a legal clinic will cater to providing basic legal knowledge and services while calling the public to make use of the facilities. 

He also thanked the Judge for capacitating his services beyond the courtroom and the Member Secretary for outreach to strategic areas. 

Member Secretary N Longshithung Ezung, NJS said that the legal services provide free legal aid, provides awareness and education at the grassroot level and assist beneficiaries avail the services at front offices of the DLSAs. 

Legal Clinics established in far reaching and interior areas both rural and urban cater to reach people at the grassroot. Therefore, he encouraged the people of the area and surrounding areas to take ownership of the clinic and utilize the services which have been established at an appropriate place. The clinic opens for two days a week and is manned by a Para Legal Volunteer. 

Earlier, Secretary Tuensang DLSA KumdilongKessen, NJS gave an introduction and the programme was chaired by Antimangyang Chang, Retainer Lawyer, Tuensang DLSA. OTC students Along presented a special song.