Legal Aid Centre for tsunami victims opened in Trinco
[TamilNet, Thursday, 08 December 2005, 00:29 GMT]
Legal Aid Commission of Sri Lanka Wednesday morning opened its Free Legal
Aid Centre in Trincomalee district to provide free legal assistance to
victims of tsunami disaster. Asia Foundation is funding the project tsunami
victims in obtaining relief for their hardships. Mr.S.S.Wijeratne, Chairman
of the LACSL and Mr.Anton Balasingham, High Court Judge, Trincomalee
district jointly declared open the office of the Trincomalee centre on the
second floor of the Trincomalee Court Complex. Mr.K.Sivapalan,
Attorney-at-Law has been appointed co-coordinating officer of the centre.
(L-R) Mr.Ramakamalan, Trincomalee magistrate, Mr.Anton Balasingham, High Court Judge, Trincomalee District, Ms S.Sivapathasuntharam, Trincomalee District Judge, Mr.S.S.Wijeratne, Legal Aid Commission Chairman, Justice Hector Yapa and Mr.K.Sivapalan, President of the Trinco Bar Association
Mr.Wijeratne lighting the traditional oil lamp, Mr.Sivapalan is also seen
A section of the Trincomalee lawyers attending the event
Mr.Wijeratne, Legal Aid Commission Chairman speaking
Legal Aid Commission of Sri Lanka has already established four such centers
in Balapitya, Matara, Akkaraipattu and Kalmunai, sources said.
Ms S.Sivapathasuntharam, Trincomalee District Judge, and Mr.V.Ramakamalan,
Trincomalee Magistrate and Justice (retd) Mr. Hector Yapa, Director General
of the Legal Aid Commission. also participated in the event. Ms Ananthy
Kanagaretnam, Programme Officer Access to Justice of the Asia Foundation
represented her institution.
Mr.Wijeratne addressing a meeting, which followed the ceremonial opening of
the centre, said main objective of the Legal Aid Commission is to help the
vulnerable people through various projects. An awareness program is also
being planned for lawyers.
He appealed to lawyers and others to render all assistance to make the
project a success.
Justice Mr. Hector Yapa also spoke.
Mr.K.Sivapalan, President of the Trincomalee Bar Association (TBA) made the
welcome address and Mr.A.Jegasothy, Secretary of the TBA proposed vote of