City anchor:The library will house books on around 100 acts,space made for litigants to sit and refer the books in the office itself
To bring law closer to the common man,the Pune District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) will start the states first free library for litigants in the Pune district and sessions court,Shivajinagar,on Saturday.
We conduct various legal aid camps in rural and urban areas. However,it is of little use when a person is actually fighting a case in the court, said judge R H Mohammad,member secretary,Pune DLSA,who has come up with the novel concept. He said the library will help litigants understand various acts,its intricacies that might help them in fighting their own case.
Initially,the library will house books on around 100 acts like Domestic Violence Act,Hindu Succession Act,Negotiable Instruments Act,Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act,Atrocities Act,Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act,Contempt of Court Act,Human rights,Law of Wills and so on. Mohammad said many a times the litigants are kept in the dark about these acts by their own lawyers. The library facility within court premises will enable them to gain more knowledge, judge Mohammad said.
The library will be located in the Pune DLSA office on first floor of the new building in court. Space will be made for litigants to sit and refer the books in the office itself. The only condition is that they are required to return the books on the same day, judge Mohammad said. Considering the litigants have to wait for long for their case to be heard,this would be a good way to use time.
As of now,most of the books are bought from the Pune DLSA funds. Many judges and lawyers too have donated books. Although we have begun small,we hope to eventually expand this facility, judge Mohammad said. The library will be inaugurated by Pune district principal judge Mahan T Joshi on Saturday. It will be open from Monday on all working days from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm.