Full Name Of The Organisation, City and State
Jharkhand State Legal Service Authority, Ranchi (JHALSA), Jharkhand
About the Organisation
Jharkhand State Legal Service Authority is located near A G More, Doranda, Ranchi, Jharkhand – 834002. It is established under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987.
It was established with the aim to provide free legal aid to the weaker sections of the society and to organise Lok adalats for fast track settlement of disputes. The cases were disposed of with the help of mediation in the meditation centres. They also used to create legal awareness among the masses.
Student Name, College and Year of Study
Harsh Raj, Central University of South Bihar, 1st Year
10th June 2019 to 08th July 2019
I applied for the internship by sending my curriculum vitae along with the recommendation letter (provided by the university) through email to jhalsaranchi[at]gmail.com.
I received a confirmation mail regarding the same by the Member Secretary, JHALSA. I had to submit an application along with the hard copy of the recommendation letter at the time of reporting to the concerned department. My documents were verified and I received a verification email.
First Day Formalities Initial Impressions
After all the formalities of the first day (reporting, verification etc.) I was provided with the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 through email. And I was given the task of studying the whole act and had to make a detailed report on it.
Our supervisors (district judges) were friendly and were very helpful to us. All the dignitaries were well versed and were always ready to help us.
I met law students of various universities who were very friendly and cooperative.
In the first week of the internship, we were given the task to make pamphlets on burning social issues. These pamphlets were distributed to the common people who came for mediation. This helped create awareness among the people.
We were given the task to compile all the landmark judgements of Supreme court on issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, victim compensation relief in road traffic accidents etc. We had to mail our work to the Member Secretary. In the second week, we got the opportunity to visit the District Legal Services Authority, Ranchi and Civil Court, Ranchi. We were given the task to listen to the hearings of cases and keep a record of the investigation process.
We visited different courts like munsif courts, family courts, permanent Lok Adalat courts (PLA courts) and criminal courts. We had to submit reports of everyday work to the secretary, DLSA. In the third week, we were given the task to make a report on permanent lok adalats. Also, we needed to make a report on legal aid clinic and PLVs (Para Legal Volunteers).
In the fourth week, we went on a visit to the central jails. We were warmly greeted by the jail authorities and were briefed about the whole functioning of jails. We were told about the rights of the prisoners and what is the extent of their freedom in the jail premises.
We were told about the facilities such as education, employment etc provided to the prisoners having good moral character. We also got a chance to interact with several prisoners.
The whole internship was resourceful and we got a new insight of looking at things. Since we are very busy in our academics we are not able to explore other things. But this internship provided me with a platform to explore various new things. I got to meet a wide array of people which in itself is quite amazing.
The best thing about the internship was that I was able to meet such people which made me feel like there is a rule of law existing in the nation. After reading the various landmark judgements and reports, I was in a better position to analyse the problems of society.
There were no particular drawbacks of the internship. But I felt commotion in the court premises and there was lack of mediators in DLSA. They had too much work pressure and they worked in a very sophisticated environment.
I took a room in a nearby lodge in Parastoli, Doranda. So basically I didn’t face many problems regarding accommodation.
I made new friends and we all enjoyed a lot and developed a special bond. Even today we are in contact with each other and it was all possible only because of JHALSA. I got to meet young advocates who inspired me.