Mangaluru, March 10, 2020: A new forum was floated to mount pressure on the government to establish a permanent High Court bench in Mangaluru.
Dakshina Kannada District Legal Forum, to be inaugurated on March 21, will campaign for establishing the HC bench in Mangaluru, former president of Mangalore Bar Association (MBA) S P Chengappa told reporters in Hotel Woodlands on Monday.
He said a delegation from the forum will meet the chief minister and demand the establishment of a High Court bench in Mangaluru.
A campaign will also be launched to create awareness on the need to set up the High Court bench in the district. This campaign will target schools, colleges and elected representatives, he added.
He said the forum’s other prime objective includes creating awareness about 2,500 laws among the public. The forum will set up taluk-level committees, organise workshops on laws relevant to day-to-day life and offer free legal aid to poor members of SC/ST communities.
He said presently, the poor and the communities at disadvantage do not have access to judiciary. The poor are not economically strong to file cases against the rich.
He cited the recent act, Transgenders Act, to highlight how transgenders continue to beg at toll gates despite implementation of Transgenders Act.
The forum had drawn good response and as many as 200 members had registered with the forum, he added.
Former presidents of Bantwal Advocates Association B V Shenoy and Umesh Kumar Y, former president of Puttur Advocates Association Pascal Puttur, member of Mangalore Bar Association Udanesh B were present.
Forum not against Mangalore Bar Association, DLSA
Former president of Mangalore Bar Association S P Chengappa clarified that the newly launched Dakshina Kannada District Legal Forum was not a competitor to Mangaluru Bar Association or District Legal Services Authority.
The forum is a social organisation. We will also guide the poor to avail free legal services from the district legal services authority, he added.