“Call for paralegals to be appointed to institutions”

News about paralegal utilization from New Dehli, India:

"Participants at the first National Convention of Paralegals organised here by the Indian Institute of Paralegal Studies (IIPLS) demanded that paralegals be appointed to assist institutions, including Gram Sabhas, Vigilance Committees under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act, the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), State Pollution Control Boards, and revenue authorities.

"The 600 trained paralegals from Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Orissa gathered here demanded that legal aid centres for women run under the Department of Women and Child Development appoint paralegals. They said the government should implement the recommendations of the National Commission for Women (NCW) on the procedures regarding the appointment of paralegals as judges and counsellors in family courts. They called for legitimising the role of paralegals in community policing, community-based mechanisms and non-formal alternative dispute mechanisms."

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