Law Week 2011:
An opportunity to obtain free legal advice
The main objective of the Law Week, being held for the 4th time, is
to raise awareness among citizens of their rights, duties, privileges
and remedies and create a law-abiding society for sustainable
Chairman of Law Week 2011 Committee, U.R. de Silva and its convener
Charmaine Madurasinghe, have taken the initiative this year to hold Law
Week 2011 under the theme "The role of the lawyer towards national peace
and harmony," in three phases.
During the third phase from November 21 to 25, several branch
associations of the BASL will hold legal awareness programmes in their
respective areas culminating with the Law Week 2011 Exhibition to be
held at the Court premises, Hulftsdorp Street, Colombo 12 on November 20
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. offering free legal advice to the visitors by
eminent members of the legal profession.
The BASL is also hopeful of having approximately 40
government/private institutions which will operate stalls during the
exhibition and visitors will have access to them to obtain information
and assistance with regard to their queries and problems.
This year, one of the key objectives of Law Week 2011, is to conduct
a survey of remand prisoners languishing in prison for over a year sans
an indictment and to provide such information to the Attorney General's
Department seeking their instructions and subsequently to keep their
families informed of the status quo.
If you have any legal issues (not subject to litigation) you may call
the hotline 0727660660 and obtain a Reference Number.
Admission is free to all the above events.
During the first phase (Eastern Province), the BASL in collaboration
with the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) held a seminar for
lawyers on November 4 and two legal aid clinics offering free legal
advice to the public the following day, at the Divisional Secretariat
Office in Kiran, Batticaloa North with special emphasis on orphans,
child abuse and land matters and on November 6 at the Divisional
Secretariat Office in Vellavely, covering South and West Batticaloa.
During the second phase, (Northern Province), the BASL with UNDP held
three legal aid clinics offering free legal advice to the public at the
Divisional Secretariat Office in Vavuniya on November 10, 11 and 12 and
a seminar for lawyers at the Vavuniya Court Auditorium on November 13.