Senior District and Sessions Judge in Rangamati Md Dalil Uddin addresses a views-exchange meeting on Legal Aid Services in on Tuesday. Photo: BP

Country Desk
As part of countrywide campaign paublicising the government’s free legal service initiative for the country’s destitute, Legal Aid Services units of Munshiganj and hill district Rangamati recently sat with journalists of their districts.
In Rangamati, participants in a views exchange meeting underscored the need for taking the current government free legal aid services programme to the doorstep of the people living in hard to reach areas in the hilly district. As the ultra poor from grassroots level are not aware of free legal services, many are being deprived of access to justice in the district, they observed.
Stressing to undertake massive steps to campaign on legal aid services, they said mass people can be reached through leaflets, posters, banners and festoons at every public places like bus-stands, river ports, passenger sheds, markets in every upazila headquarters and union. “Only then expected number of ultra poor justice seekers would be benefitted from the initiative,” suggested participants.
Local newsmen in the first time ever workshop suggested the district Session and Judges Court authority from where the legal aid programme is being operated to include journalists in district legal aid committee, for getting expected result from the
Journalists also urged the authority for regularly dissemination of information to them related to day to day functioning of the court; particularly about dissolving of dire cases, or delivering verdict of any sensational case. The workshop, titled ‘The success of government legal aid services toward continuous development and the role of media’, was held at the conference room of Rangamati Hill District Council in the town on Tuesday, organised by district Legal Aid Services unit.
Senior district and session judge Md Dalil Uddin presided over the meeting while joint district and session judge Saiful Alahi made the welcome address.
Chief Judicial Magistrate SM Morshed Khan, additional police superintendent Zahangir Alam, lawyers, pressmen, doctors and NGO workers also attended the meeting.
Senior district and session judge Md Dalil Uddin urged all to come forward and work together to take the services at the doorsteps of destitute people in inaccessible areas and make it success for the betterment of the downtrodden people in hilly areas.
Meanwhile, in Munshiganj, a views exchange meeting styled ‘Role of print and electronic media for promotion of government legal services’ was organised by district Legal Aid unit at the conference room of the District Judge Court Bhaban at 5pm on Tuesday.
District and sessions judge Hosne Ara Begum presided over the meeting addressed by chief legal officer Mohammad Zulfikar Haider, additional police superintendent Ashfaquzzaman and district information officer Monir Hossain. District Legal Aid officer Kamrun Nahar also attended the meeting also participated by the journalists of print and electronic media of the district was present.
In the meeting, different issues of Legal Aid services including mediation or alternative dispute resolution; disposal of cases through appointment of public lawyers; payment of attorney fees; copy of the verdict and order of the case; news copy of criminal cases; and expenditure of DNA trainees for the year, were discussed.
Notable, Legal Aid officials in Munshiganj can be reached at any time at 0170078473.
In Munshiganj, until October 2018, a total of 479 legal services have been provided to 1671 people for legal aid, 1,506 cases, disposing of 323
cases, and detention of prisoners in district jails.
Alternate disputes have been resolved till 2015-2018 (October), running 36, failing 1 and earning Tk.260, 000.