Hon’ble Justice Samapti Chatterjee, Judge, Calcutta High Court, while inaugurating Legal Aid & Service Clinic of the School of Law & Justice, Adamas University on 17th April, 2018 said that in many countries around the world Law Schools have played an important part in the provision of legal services to the poor. Experience in the USA, Canada, Zambia, Chile, etc. indicates that law students, given adequate supervisory assistance, can assume a responsible role and contribute significantly to the success of legal aid scheme. In India where half of population live below the poverty line and where to a large extent the legal need of the poor unmet, the Law Schools can play a pivotal role to themselves as well as to the community by getting involved in the legal aid programs.
Justice Chatterjee in her address highlighted in detail advantages of Law Schools participation in legal aid. She also observed that Law and Justice can no longer remain distant neighbours if increasing deficiencies and distortions of the legal system and challenge to the credibility of judiciary are to be adequately met.
On this occasion Shri Ajay Kumar Gupta, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority and Shri Ayan Majumdar, Secretary, DLSA, Barasat discussed in detail the modalities and various programmes in which School of Law & Justice, AU can be a partner institution. They expressed their willingness to help the institution in this regard.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Madhusudan Chakraborty presided over the function. Prof. B.N. Pandey, Dean welcomed the guests and Ms. Anuleena Bhattacharjee, Convenor extended vote of thanks.