Rest The Case Hosting Panel Discussion on World Day of Social Justice


Enhancing Access to Legal Aid and Justice for Rural Communities in India

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], 15 February 2024: In honor of the World Day of Social Justice, Rest The Case is set to host a thought-provoking panel discussion on the critical theme of “Enhancing Access to Legal Aid and Justice for Rural Communities in India.”  Scheduled for the 17th of February 2024, the panel discussion will touch points that provide easier steps for legal aid for rural communities. The panel will bring together esteemed legal experts to delve into the various challenges faced by rural communities in India, tackling issues ranging from geographical barriers to limited legal awareness and infrastructure. The objective is to assess existing mechanisms such as legal aid clinics and para-legal volunteers, with a specific emphasis on evaluating the role of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).

Through a comprehensive examination of successes and areas for improvement, the panel will explore the efficacy of current initiatives and propose strategies to fortify their impact. Special attention will be given to legal literacy programs as a pivotal means of empowering marginalized groups and fostering a more just society.

The discussion will also explore innovative technological solutions, including online portals and mobile legal clinics, aimed at overcoming geographical barriers and ensuring that legal aid services reach even the most remote areas.

We at Rest The Case strongly believe that knowledge is power, when you are informed of how things work around you, you realise there is so much you can do. Along with some of the lawyers empanelled with us on Rest The Case, we wanted to do an event so that people everywhere in our country know what help they have available. By providing crucial support and guidance, legal aid in rural areas becomes a beacon of hope, ensuring that no individual is left behind in the pursuit of justice and fairness. 

The panel will conclude with the proposal of policy reforms, advocating for increased funding and the implementation of community-based dispute resolution approaches. These approaches, rooted in inclusivity and community engagement, seek to bridge the gap in access to justice for rural communities.

The Panel discussion is open to everyone who would like to be a part of this discussion either as a listener or as a panelist. The event promises to be a pivotal moment in the ongoing dialogue surrounding social justice and access to legal aid for rural populations in India.