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ANSAL UNIVERSITY LEGAL AID CLINIC (AULAC)
Article 39A of the Constitution of India provides that State shall secure that the operation of the legal system promotes justice on a basis of equal opportunity, and shall in particular, provide free legal aid, by suitable legislation or schemes or in any other way, to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or other disability. Articles 14 and 22(1) also make it obligatory for the State to ensure equality before law and a legal system which promotes justice on a basis of equal opportunity to all. Legal aid strives to ensure that constitutional pledge is fulfilled in its letter and spirit and equal justice is made available to the poor, downtrodden and weaker sections of the society.
In 1987 Legal Services Authorities Act was enacted to give a statutory base to legal aid programmes throughout the country on a uniform pattern. This Act was finally enforced on 9th November, 1995 after certain amendments were introduced therein by the Amendment Act of 1994. A nationwide network has been envisaged under the Act for providing legal aid and assistance. National Legal Services Authority is the apex body constituted to lay down policies and principles for making legal services available under the provisions of the Act and to frame most effective and economical schemes for legal services. It also disburses funds and grants to State Legal Services Authorities and NGOs for implementing legal aid schemes and programmes.
Ansal University Legal Aid Clinic (AULAC):
School of Law, Ansal University, has set up a Legal Aid Clinic for providing free legal Aid to the deprived, helpless, poor, downtrodden and weaker sections of the society with the broader aim of Access to Justice. The Legal Aid Clinic is a partnership between students, Faculty members and renowned Advocates of Bar. Its objects: are twofold first, to provide a public service for local people who need legal advice and representation, and are unable to afford it, and secondly to make students learn from practical experiences.
Students Participation in Ansal University Legal Aid Clinic (AULAC)
Law students deepen and broaden their knowledge of law through the practical experience of working on live cases and through a structured reflection on that legal practice. Students can also develop specific legal skills. Student participation takes place at a number of levels. Students may:
Programmes by AULAC:
School of Law, Ansal University organized a Legal Aid Awareness Camp under the aegis of Ansal University Legal Aid Clinic (AULAC) in Abhaypur and Damdama villages on April 22-23, 2017 (Situated near Sohna, Haryana). AULAC members presented their views and spread legal awareness through street play and by distribution of pamphlets. They covered topics such as Domestic Violence, Sexual harassment, Senior Citizen Rights, Child Rights, Corruption, Gender Discrimination and Dowry Prohibition and RTI .
The Villagers, mainly women discussed their problems with the volunteers. After which the volunteers address the problems. More than 40 questionnaires were filled by the people from both the villages.
The enthusiastic volunteers were highly encouraged and appreciated by the villagers including the Sarpanch. They were full of spirit and this inspired them to further perform more activities in future. They cultivated the idea of helping more people with their campaigns in the upcoming events. The sense of unity and teamwork were beaming in colors among the volunteers during the event, resulting in their stronger bonding and a successful campaign.
Adoption of Village– AULAC has planned to adopt a village and initiate local programmes for spreading legal awareness, whereby the students will make an attempt at spreading awareness amongst the people about their rights under free legal Aid, Child labour, Right to vote, Domestic violence act and Women Rights.
ANSAL UNIVERSITY LEGAL AID CLINIC (AULAC)
Faculty Coordinator AULAC