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Free Legal Advice and Awareness courtesy BASL at Law Week 2011 exhibition

The Public will be afforded an opportunity to obtain free legal advice from eminent lawyers on November 26 at Court premises, Hulftsdorp Street, Colombo 12, as part of Law Week that falls next week.

From November 21 to 25, several branch associations of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) will hold Legal Awareness programmes in their respective areas, while Law Week 2011 exhibition will be held on November 26 at Hulftsdorp from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

About 40 government/private institutions will operate stalls at the exhibition for visitors to obtain information and assistance with regard to their queries and problems. This year, the key objectives of Law Week 2011 is to conduct a survey of remand prisoners in custody for over a year without an indictment, and provide the information to the Attorney General’s Department seeking instructions, and subsequently, to keep their families informed of their status quo.

This year’s Law Week theme is ‘The role of the Lawyer towards national peace and harmony” and consists of three phases. Two phases were concluded in the Eastern and Northern provinces.

During the first phase in the Eastern Province, the BASL, along with the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) held a seminar for lawyers in the province, and two Legal Aid clinics offering free legal advice at the Divisional Secretariat (DS) office in Kiran, Batticaloa north (covering Valachchenai) and DS office in Vellavely, with special emphasis on orphans, child abuse and land matters.

The second phase in the Northern Province consisted of three Legal Aid clinics at the Chettikulum DS office in Vavuniya.

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