JJ Act Project
This is another ongoing project apart from the outreach project, which aims at highlighting the issues of implementation identified by the High Court in its verdict in Ashraya & Ors. v. State of Karnataka & Ors. This report further carries a list of recommendations for successful implementation of the Act.
Project Outreach is an ongoing project initiated by the Legal Services Clinic to assist other law schools in setting up centers for legal aid at their colleges. The project also aims to connect law school based legal aid across 28 Districts of Karnataka. The clinic till now has successfully connected 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 as basic infrastructure was not made available to juveniles. The system was further being affected due to high case pendency, coupled with police torture and complaints of abuse within the correctional homes. In response to 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
The Karnataka High Court accepted the petition filed by members of LSC which raised issues regarding 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 the State Commission, failing which the Court further observed that the petitioners would be at liberty to approach the Court again.
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 was prepared 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
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 a Year to the center. The Ramanagaram center is no more functional as the NGO with which LSC had tied up dissolved. However, the Committee presently has been negotiating with other stakeholders for a possible tie up.