The observation was made during the release of the “Handbook of Formats: Ensuring Effective Legal Services” prepared as part of NALSA’s commitment to improve the quality of legal services by strengthening documentation.

NALSA Chairman Justice NV Ramana on Thursday released the ‘Handbook of Formats: Ensuring Effective Legal Services’ in a webinar that also saw him commend the work undertaken by the Legal Service Authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Handbook was released in the presence of the Executive Chairpersons of State Legal Services Authorities, Chairpersons of High Court Legal Services Committees and Member Secretaries of all State Legal Services Authorities, Chairpersons and Secretaries of District Legal Services Authorities.

In his keynote address, Justice Ramana highlighted the troubles faced by the legal system, especially during this pandemic. He pointed out that while Supreme Court and High Courts are functioning through video conferencing, trial courts are still not working. But now “we have to work with constraints”, Justice Ramana added.

Commending the work put in by the Legal Services authorities in this scenario, Justice Ramana said,

“The Trial Courts have yet not started functioning. The High Court and the Supreme Court are working through videoconferencing. But in spite of the same, the Legal Services Authorities have done tremendous activities during the prevailing pandemic by adopting the latest technology.”

The pandemic and consequent lockdown have given rise to a number of issues, the Judge pointed out. Cases of domestic violence and child have gone up and at a time like this when the victims cannot reach the Courts, the importance of a One Stop Centre is magnified, the NALSA Chairman underscored.

“Persistent efforts have been taken to provide legal assistance, through teleservices of female Panel Lawyers in every district. In other matters, petitions have been filed under the Domestic Violence Act.”

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