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Law Minister RS Prasad virtually hosts 7th Justice Minister’s meeting of SCO member states

While addressing the Ministers of Justice from SCO Member states, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Law and Justice Minister of India highlighted the Indian Government's initiatives for providing easy and affordable access to justice for all. 

Oct 17, 2020 14:31 IST
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Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Law Minister virtually hosted the 7th Justice Minister’s meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states on October 16, 2020.

The 7th Justice Minister’s meeting was attended by Law and Justice Ministers of Pakistan, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic. A joint statement by the SCO member states was also signed on the occasion.

According to the statement released by the Union law Ministry, in the 7th meeting of the Ministers of Justice of the SCO, the states will further deliberate on creating favorable conditions for resolving the disputes, on the areas of the cooperation, and implementation of the Action Plan of the Working Groups of Experts on legal Services and Forensic Activities.

Highlights from Justice Minister's Meeting:

• While addressing the Ministers of Justice from SCO Member states, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Law and Justice Minister of India highlighted the Indian Government's initiatives for providing easy and affordable access to justice for all. 

• The Union Minister talked about the Pro Bono Legal Services in order to provide free legal aid to the marginalized sections of the society. 

• He also talked about Tele-law services initiated in 2017 and through which over 3,44,000 free legal consultation has been given to the poor people virtually. 

• Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, over 25 lakh hearings took place virtually at various courts of India. Out of it, 9,000 virtual hearing took place at the Supreme Court alone. 

• The Union Law and Justice Minister as part of the activities of Justice Minister's Forum urged the SCO member states to promote the exchange of ideas, experiences, best practices in identified areas through platforms. 

• The minister in his address also stressed on widening the spectrum of the activities that are being undertaken in the forum. 

Second Meeting of the Experts Working Group:

The second meeting of the Experts Working group was hosted by the Department of Legal Affairs on October 13 and October 14, 2020.

Secretary of Department of Legal Affairs, law & Justice Ministry, Anoop Mendiratta, hosted the second meeting of the Experts Working Group.

In the virtual meet, the Experts Working Group shared and discussed their best practices, experiences, and novel steps that have been taken by them for creating a conducive environment for promoting resolution of the disputes and other similar activities of Law and Justice Ministry including forensic activities and legal services.

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