Projects In AY 2005-06
- Roundtable conference on ‘Negotiations- Need, Opportunity and Skills’
- Preparation of Public Legal Education Modules
Projects In AY 2007-08
- Judicial Management Research Project in association with National Judicial Academy.
- Representation made to Parliamentary Standing Committee on Pre-Trial Negotations and Mediation Procedures.
- Assisted KSLSA in preparing a module on Permanent LokAdalats
- Assisted Karnataka State Women’s Commission in preparing module on Domestic Violence.
Projects In AY 2008-09
- Prisons Project- A project that aimed to assist under-trials in securing bail.
- A PIL group was started in association with Poovayya and Co. to research into areas that require PILs and assist Poovayya and Co in filing them.
- A project regarding Child Rights Law and Prevention of Child Labour was started in association with the organisation ‘Justice and Care’.
The LSC Library was catalogued.
Projects In AY 2009-10
- Members of the LSC attended trained with the KSLSA, LokAyukta and Karnataka Human Rights Commission on conducting an exhaustive survey on those who have received the Below Poverty Line Card.
- The 2 members subsequently trained 120 more law students on the same.
- LSC co-ordinated an NGO Mapping Project with a firm working on social investments.
- Workshop was conducted on Animal Rights at the Mysore Zoo wildlife club.
Projects In AY 2011-12
- Module prepared on Economic Rights of Women for the Center for Public Policy, IIM.
- Research project on implementation of Juvenile Justice Act.
- Research project on NAC Draft Bill on Unorganised Sector.
- Launch of ‘Putani Express’, a month-long project that worked with children of construction workers on NLSIU campus, which involved teaching the children English, Kannada, Maths, General Knowledge, Craft, Dance, Music and Sport. The children were also taken to the doctor, enrolled at the nearby government school and were taken to a science museum.
Projects In AY 2012-13
- Continuation of Prisons Project. The LSC collaborated with an eminent criminal lawyer. Visits were made to prisons and police stations and information was collected. Unfortunately, this project had to be dropped due to logistical constraints.
- The Putani Express project was continued, where a second batch of children were enrolled in schools. Assistance with transport, stationery, etc was also given.
- Association with Public Practice Initiative, where the LSC prepared and sent small write-ups on law in practice.
- A project was begun in association with State Commission for Persons with Disabilities, where members of the LSC were to visit the commission once a month and handle case files. However, it had to subsequently be dropped due to problems in co-ordination.
Projects In AY 2013-14
- The Juvenile Justice Report concerns with the functioning of the juvenile justice institutions such as Observation Homes, and functioning of the Juvenile Justice Boards in Karnataka. This report also studied the institutional implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act.
- To address the lack of legal aid, an effort was made to widen the horizon of legal aid through law colleges. The students took the initiative to provide assistance to some colleges in Karnataka to set up their own legal aid clinics. The students provided the participating law colleges with information on how to handle clients, documents like client information sheets, and sample case files to help them set up a functioning clinic. The students also provided scripts for the legal literacy programmes, sample posters, and a detailed report of how the Legal Services Clinic is managed.
- In order to improve legal awareness, the students published a handbook on ‘Consumer Law in India’. The handbook dealt with the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 as well as consumer rights. The handbook’s main objective was to simplify the legal provisions so that the layman could understand. The handbook was distributed locally.
- The newsletters dealt with numerous items of current interest and simplified aspects of law handy to the common man. The newsletters also had write ups about NGOs active in the locality. The newsletters were distributed locally.
- The students filed the Writ Petition: BasavanagoudaPatil&Ors. V. State of Karnataka and Ors., to oversee the implementation of the Consumer Protection Act in Karnataka State. The Karnatka High Court passed orders to fill up the vacancies created at several District Forums across the State of Karnataka.
- Assisted the BruhatLokAdalat held in Bengaluru. The students summarised cases for pending Motor Accidents Claims Appeals and co-ordinated the efforts of volunteers and arranging logistics.
Projects In AY 2014-15
- Two newsletters covering the Juvenile Justice Act, the Goonda Act, Tobacco law, the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, the law governing the rights of persons with disabilities, tribal righst, information on how to get a driving license, and write ups about NGOs were published and distributed locally to promote legal awareness.
- This initiative which began in the previous year and published this year addresses the issue of lack of legal awareness. The book addresses topics from various fields of law such as family law, consumer law, property law and criminal law. The book simplifies the legal jargon in layman’s terms. The books were distributed through local NGOs.
- In collaboration with the Centre for Child and the Law, NLSIU, the students organised programmes in a local Government school and in an auditorium to demonstrate the issues surrounding anganwadis, midday meal schemes, public distribution system, cash transfers in food security, and farmer suicides.
- In assistance of ThinkPeace, an NGO in the neighbouring State of Andhra Pradesh – which aims to improve living conditions of tribal villages, the students created and provided material on legal awareness of tribal rights, senior citizen laws and disability laws along with the material used in the legal literacy programmes.
Projects In AY 2015-16
- Recognising the need of an organisation that connects the legal aid and awareness organisations across the country, the Legal Services Clinic established Indian Legal Aid and Awareness Network (ILAAN). The ILAAN consists of aroun 15 organisations, including the likes of HRLN, Centre for Social Justice, etc. It is supposed to connect not only the legal aid organisations with each other, but also make them collectively easily accessbie to laypersons. The network has also started its online platform www.ilaan.org We envisage that the network will result into many collaborative ventures among the member organisations. The network was officially launched at National Legal Aid Conference organised by Gandhinagar National Law University (GNLU).
- We conducted an RTI Bootcamp on 23rd April, 2016, so that the students can gain necessary insights and learn how to file RTIs. The session was attended by Sridhar Madhubhashi (Central Information Commissioner), Prof. Vijaykumar, and Prof. Sairam Bhat. The Bootcamp was divided into two sessions. The first session dealt with the ongoing debates under the RTI Law and policy challenges. The second session was a training session open to both students and outside audience. The boot camp saw a considerable turnout of both students and outsiders.
Death Penalty Panel Discussion
- On 18th May, 2016, the LSC organised a discussion on the Death Penalty Report released by NLU-Delhi. The panel comprised of Dr. AnupSurendranath, the lead author of the report, and Prof. KunalAmbasta. The session was moderated by Ms. Shreya Prakash, a fifth year student at NLSIU. Panel discussion was followed by a fruitful and interactive question answer session with the audience.
Projects In AY 2016-17
Newsletters promoting legal awareness
- To promote legal awareness, one newsletter covering the topics of bail, tobacco law, maintenance of wife and children, how to get a drving license and with practical tips for litigation was published both in English and Kannada and circulated in city buses.
Indian Legal Aid and Awareness Network
- Continuing last year’s initiative to improve qualitatitvely and quantitatively the programmes for legal aid and promoting legal awareness, the studentsliased with students from colleges in Bengaluru and outside and created a portal for resource sharing.
Contract Workers’ Project
- To assist with the regularisation of contract workers working in the area, the workers were interviewed, the opinions of legal counsels sought, data collected along with research on labour laws. The workers’ efforts for regularisation are still pending.
Construction Workers’ Project
- To improve the welfare of construction workers in the area. Studies of various laws were conducted and around thirty construction workers were surveyed as to the conditions of their work. A lawyer was consulted and the initiative continues to be in progress.
Projects In AY 2017-18
- The committee has also launched cartoon strips with the head “Kanoontoons” in the newspapers. These cartoon strips include caricatures depicting different instances of our everyday lives in
relation to law. The cartoon strips are an interactive way to provide legal awareness in the society and has helped the clinic answer to several legal queries across the city. Newsletters covering different topics of bail, tobacco law, maintenance of wife and children, how to get a driving license and other practical tips for litigation were also circulated in the city buses in both English and Kannada. These initiatives have helped create awareness in the socially exploited communities about their rights. It has also helped the committee develop a relationship of trust and moral support with the
underprivileged sections who feel free to reach us for their legal queries and grievances by visiting our clinic or by reaching us through emails or telephones.
Juvenile Justice Project
- The Juvenile Justice project is an attempt to highlight the issues regarding the treatment of juveniles in the observational homes and carries a list of recommendations for successful implementation of the Act. A Public Interest Litigation was filed in light of poor implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act, the system was further affected because of high case pendency along with police torture and complaints of abuse within the observation homes. In response to this, the High Court set up a committee with sitting judges to monitor the implementation of the Act, the Legal Services Clinic is also a member of this committee and students from the Legal Services Clinic have engaged in discussions and provided with useful inputs regarding the efficient implementation of this act. An empirical report was submitted by the committee for the status of implementation of the JJ act in Karnataka. The Legal Services Clinic surveyed observation
homes in Karnataka and obtained information through RTI on working of the institutions such as Observation Homes, Juvenile Justice Boards, and Special Homes etc.
- The Karnataka High Court had accepted the petition filed by members of the Legal Services Clinic which raised issues on the implementation of the Consumer Protection Act and its allied institutions. The court upon hearing the petitioners directed the Government of Karnataka to fill up all the vacancies that were created at District Consumer Forums, and also the State Commission, failing which the Court further observed that the petitioners would be at liberty to approach the Court again.
- As part of its CSR Collaboration, Adecco, in partnership with LSC came together to write a number of informative short pieces on workers’ rights, reproductive rights, rights of women in custody, alternative dispute resolution, procedure in filing FIR and other criminal processes, child labour and family law. In particular, the topics that were written on include:
1. Equal Remuneration
2. Minimum Wages Act
3. Factories Act
4. Maternity Benefits Act
5. Prevention of Sexual Harassment Act
7. ADR Mechanisms, Lok Adalats etc.
Karnataka Sex Workers’ Union Research
- A specific PIL in the Karnataka High Court on behalf of sex workers required us to provide constant assistance to Mr. B.T. Venkatesh, advocate representing a Union of Sex Workers. We provided a number of useful research pieces to assist the advocate in his case. The cause was a fight for the rights of sex workers, not only to engage in sex work but also to avail medical benefits and other associated social security schemes.
Collaboration with Durga India
- LSC’s collaboration with Durga began in February, 2019 when we agreed to provide legal aid to victims who approached Durga. Our extensive pro-bono panel, which also consists of experts in dealing with such issues, will be used to assist in those cases referred by Durga. We signed an MoU with Durga where both parties agreed to collaborate with and assist each other in any project which overlaps with the other’s mandate. Durga and LSC also conducted a sensitization workshop in the National Law School in April 2019, that was attended by students all across Bangalore in addition to NLS students. We also conducted an LLP at a school for rescued children, with Durga in May, 2019. Our main project with Durga so far has
been the revamping of a booklet designed by Durga to address commonly faced issues. LSC updated it by providing clear, concise explanations of points of law with explanations and commentary to make the law more accessible. The booklet is presently being printed
and will be distributed soon.
- BLAAN is a Bangalore need-based network of legal aid societies of various law colleges and organisations providing pro-bono services of legal aid and awareness across Bangalore. The aim is to expand the mandate to include activities like sharing of resources including but not limited to pro-bono panel, legal awareness material, conducting legal aid training workshops for students involved in legal aid and generally support the profession by releasing joint statements, providing assistance if required, etc. LSC held a conference in Jan and around 5 colleges from Bangalore attended it, expressing their desire to be a part of BLAAN. Mails have been sent out by Mugdha and Jwalika to law colleges in Bangalore inviting them
to be a part of this network inviting more than 10 colleges to be a part of this network.
Indian Mediation Week
- The aim is to conduct a week in which we publicise the benefits of mediation, possibly through a drive. Through this drive we aim to both, increase awareness, and get cases which can be solved through mediation. The groundwork has been done. LSC has communicated with KSLSA and Bangalore Mediation Centre about providing the mediation bus and mediators have been identified pan-India who can help us with this project. The next step of the project, identifying the villages, is underway.
- This project is an ongoing project of LSC in collaboration with Mr. B. T. Venkatesh, a criminal lawyer from Bengaluru. It was started with the objective to provide legal representation to women under-trial prisoners at the Central Prison, Bangalore. We set up a panel of lawyers who would represent these under trials who had been languishing in the prison without any legal representation. In the past, we have been able to refer around 6-7 cases to a lawyer. In July, 2018, the members of the Legal Services Clinic visited the Parappana
Agarhara Central prison (also called Bangalore Central Jail). In order to understand how LSC could help the under trial and convicted prisoners, we prepared a questionnaire and interviewed the prisoners. The major issues that we identified were that the women did not have much information regarding their lawyers or the status of their case. We also visited the Legal Aid Clinic in the prison. They suggested that we make regular visits and assist their lawyers. We later sent a detailed report about the visit to The Chief Superintendent of the Central Jail. We are planning on signing a MoU with the District Legal Services Authority so that we may work with their
lawyers and access client documents.
Transgender Inclusion Code
- The Transgender Inclusion Code (‘Code’) was drafted by members of the Legal Services Clinic in 2019 to ensure that transgender persons who come to the university in the capacity of students, teachers, participants, or employees are protected from discrimination and are
given other forms of protection to ensure their inclusivity and integration. The drafting of the Code had begun in 2015 following the Supreme Court’s decision in National Legal Services Authority v Union of India. The LSC wishes to ensure that the Code becomes fully
operational by the end of 2019. It is currently being proofread by eminent transgender activists and social workers.