'Most of the court trials are delayed unnecessarily'

Legal Act Clinic for Gender and Sexual Minority Communities at New Checkon was inaugurated on Tuesday.


Lack of manpower efficiency and basic infrastructure has led to delay in delivery of justice in the state, said Manipur High Court judge, Kh Nobin during the inauguration of Legal Act Clinic for Gender and Sexual Minority Communities at New Checkon on Tuesday.

Attending the function as chief guest, the executive chairman of the Manipur State Legal Service Authority (MASLSA) expressed that though people usually say ‘justice delayed is justice denied’, they never bother to find out the causes of delaying the trials in the court.

Nobin also asserted that all the judicial officers are qualified but due to lack of manpower and infrastructure, most of the court trials are delayed unnecessarily. On top of that, the judiciary has its own formal procedure. Late submission of charge-sheets is also another undeniable factor that slows down the delivery of justice.

Advising the people to access the benefits of legal aid clinics, he said that the main purpose of the clinic is to access one's rights. Though the government has launched various schemes, many people are still unable to benefit, knowingly or unknowingly.

As such people should approach the legal aid clinic that provides the facilities to assist and empower people who face hindrances in getting their rightful benefits, he added.

Gender activist, Shanta Khurai also appreciated MASLSA for taking up the steps of opening the legal aid clinic exclusively for gender and sexual minorities (LGBT persons).

The programme was also attended by DLSA Imphal East chairperson, RK Memcha; DLSA Imphal East secretary, K Lamleima; and SAATHI assistant director, Randhoni Lairikyengmbam.

‘Drug use among sex workers and measures for rehabilitation’

Meanwhile, an online one-day legal awareness programme on ‘Drug use among sex workers and measures for rehabilitation’ was organised on Tuesday by the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Imphal East and the Nirvana Foundation Legal Aid Clinic in collaboration with Manipur State Legal Services Authority (MASLSA).

The programme organised under the aegis of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) as a part of the 75 Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav was attended by District and Sessions Judge, Imphal East RK Memcha, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal East N Lanleima and Civil Judge Senior Division, Imphal East, Manipur K Nirojit. 

K Nirojit spoke as a resource person on the topic, ‘Drug use among sex workers and measures for rehabilitation’. An interaction session was also held between the chairman, District Legal Services Authority Imphal East, Secretary, District Legal Services Authority Imphal East, resource persons, and participants.

First Published:Oct. 13, 2021, 10:18 a.m.

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