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Undertrials can now make video calls to lawyers


PANCHKULA: For the primary time in Panchkula, the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) has started video conferencing facility for interplay of under trials with their prison assist advocates.

The inmates can be allowed to engage with their advocates twice a month through video conferencing.

Stating this, DLSA secretary-cum-chief judicial magistrate, Panchkula, Vivek Goyal stated that from February 6 onwards they have started video conferencing facility for interplay of under trials with their prison assist advocates.


Goyal added that throughout visits to Ambala Central Jail, they came to grasp that a consistent grievance of the prison inmates was that they were given no right kind time to engage with their prison assist counsels. "It is also observed that sometimes the advocates also feel the need to discuss the cases with the prisoners facing legal proceedings, but since the under trials prisoners of Panchkula district are lodged in Ambala Central Jail, even legal aid counsels face difficulty in getting proper information about the case from them,"' Goyal stated.


Moreover, the Supreme Court additionally in special go away petitions vide order dated August 14, 2018, has directed all prison services and products government/committees in every state to extend video conferencing facility in order that the under-trials may just have interaction with their prison assist counsels.


The hief judicial magistrate additional stated that the Panchkula DLSA equipped unfastened prison assist to the under-trial prisoners to shield themselves and to make the process of interplay between the under-trial prisoners and their prison assist counsels more uncomplicated, the ability of video conferencing had been started at the district ADR centre, Panchkula.


He added that a checklist of under-trial prisoners had been prepared, as in keeping with which the prison assist counsels shall have interaction with them through video conferencing on rotation foundation. The prison assist advocates shall have the ability to have interaction with the under-trials twice a month that will assist both the prison counsels as well as under-trial prisoners speak about their instances.


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