JJ Act Project

This is another ongoing project apart from the outreach project, this project aims at highlighting the issues of implementation post High Court verdict in Ashraya & Ors. v. State of Karnataka & Ors. This Report is further carries a list of recommendations for successful implementation of the Act.

Project Outreach

Project Outreach is an ongoing project initiated by the Legal Services Clinic to assist other law schools in setting up center for legal aid at their college, the project also aims to connect law school based legal aid across 28 Districts of Karnataka, the clinic till now has successfully connected to five colleges, from five districts

Ashraya & Ors. v. State of Karnataka & Ors.

PIL on Implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act.

This Public Interest Litigation was filed in light of poor implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act in the State of Karnataka wherein the basic infrastructure was not put in place. The system was further affected due to high case pendency, coupled with police torture and complaints of abuse within the correctional homes. In response to all this, the Court set up a High Committee with sitting judges to monitor the implementation of the Act. NLSIU is also a member of this Committee.

Basavanagouda Patil & Ors. v. State of Karnataka

Consumer Protection

The Karnataka High Court accepted the petition filed by members of LSC which raised issues in 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 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.

Initiative

Prisons Project

The Committee was granted permission to visit the Central Prison, Parapana Agrahara in Bangalore to survey the undertrial prisoners who had been languishing in the prison. On September 4, 2012 the committee surveyed the records and met the undertrials, five cases were selected and referred to the pro-bono panel of the Legal Services Clinic, NLSIU.

Volume I & II of LSC Reports.

Review of J.J. Act Institutions in Karnataka.

An empirical report on the status of implementation of the JJ Act in Karnataka, the committee surveyed observation homes in Karnataka and also obtained information through RTI on working of the institutions such as Observation Homes, Juvenile Justice Boards, Special Homes etc. The findings highlight the poor state of affairs in terms of implementing the basic provisions of the JJ Act. These two volumes of reports were submitted to the High Court of Karnataka.

Legal Aid Center

Ramanagaram

LSC set up another center at Ramanagaram District near Bangalore in association with Shakthi Kendra, an NGO. LSC made as many as 20 trips in an Academic Year to Ramanagaram Center! The Ramanagaram center is no more functional as the NGO with which LSC tied up had dissolved, however the Committee presently has been negotiating with other stakeholders for a possible tie up.