Bihar State Legal Services Authority, Patna [BSLSA], Bihar, India
About the Organisation
To carry out the provisions of Legal Services Authorities Act,1987, the Bihar Government, in consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Patna, made the Bihar State Legal Services Authority Rules,1996.
After notification of the Rules, the Government of Bihar abolished the Bihar Legal Aid Board and Bihar State Legal Services Authority was constituted on 29.11.1997 Hon’ble Mr.Justice Aftab Alam took over the office as the Executive Chairman of BSLSA.
The First member Secretary of the BSLSA, Shri B.K. Thakur joined on 11.3.1998. Later on in the same year, ‘Bihar State Legal Services Authority Regulations,1998 was framed and came into force on 15th March 2001. Patna High Court Legal Services Committee and Committee for Ranchi Bench were set up on 12-1-99.
One can apply online and offline. For the online procedure, one has to send his/her CV along with the Recommendation letter issued by the college to bslsa_87[at]yahoo.co.in.
For the offline procedure, you can submit your CV and Recommendation letter to their officials at BSLSA Office which is opposite to old museum, Buddha Marg, Patna, Bihar 800001
First Day Formalities Initial Impressions
As the first day is always an exciting day on every internship so I was too excited. The building of BSLSA is quite spacious and a good place in the middle of the city so one can easily reach there.
After all the formalities of attendance and documentation A judicial officer who is also the intern coordinator, Kunal sir came and we had an introduction then he gave the introduced us from BSLSA and also told us about its work nature and hierarchy.
Then he gave us a project write up which we had to submit till the last day of internship.
The main task at the BSLSA was to attain the lectures which were given by savvy and adept persons in that particular field of that subject of lecture.
And also they organized different visit as jail visit, mediation center visit, court visit, Lok Adalat visit and legal awareness programs visit. We were supposed to participate actively in that program.
The building was spacious and staffs were very cooperative. There was a friendly work environment. We got tremendous opportunity to meet few of the great intellectuals of their field like Amruta Soni for trans gender’s right and protection and Director of Judicial Academy Bihar, and many judicial officers and many guest lectures for the introduction on child rights, women rights, man and women trafficking. They were very comprehensible and also very friendly to us.
We had got a subject to research in and to make FAQs for the legal awareness program. We attended the Help Age Foundation’s workshop and launching of old age Android app useful for old citizens. We met with other NGOs and tried to learn the way of their working and facts.
The lectures were interesting and there were many things to learn upon, they had class on most of the legal things and rights including RTI, an introduction to it and how to file and procedures of 1st appeal and 2nd appeal and further process. The place is very beneficial for the students if they are going for 1st internship. The programs were very learned and worth attaining.
Bad thing at BSLSA is not that bad but there were no stipend and many lectures. Some time AC, when it is not working.
No accommodation services were provided by the BSLSA but as it is situated in the middle of the city one can find someplace on rent.
Attaining lectures will definitely give you many things about your general legal rights and things. We got the opportunity to meet many NGOs that was really beneficial and also the good contracts for obvious reasons like your next internship and all.
Jail visit, meditation center, child home center and legal awareness visits were really helpful and learning there. Moreover that if you are good at writing or you are interested in judicial exams that place is very much helpful as it can help in contacts for publishing if you articles and legal docs and as every officer were judicial officers you can get good help from them if you are interested in giving judiciary exams.
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