The Fair Trial Fellowship (“the Fellowship”) is an opportunity for young lawyers and social workers to assist in providing quality legal representation to undertrial prisoners.

The Fellowship will train and mentor a group of young professionals to work in collaboration with the State Legal Services Authority towards ensuring fair trial for undertrial prisoners at both pre-trial and trial stages. The Fellowship is being currently rolled out for work in Nagpur and Pune Central prisons.

The Fellowship is based on the core understanding that the existing legal aid system implemented through the NALSA and its subsidiary bodies has the greatest outreach amongst persons requiring free legal aid in custody. Thus, providing assistance, in terms of qualified personnel and technical resources to the existing system, is a much needed step towards providing the best possible legal representation to the undertrial prisoners.

The Fellowship has been instituted with the following objectives:

  • To provide quality legal representation to undertrial prisoners and handhold the inmates through the legal proceedings.
  • To provide support to District Legal Services Authority and strengthen mechanisms for providing free legal aid to persons in custody.
  • To train, mentor and build capacities of young professionals for improving quality of socio-legal services within the Criminal Justice System in the district.
How the fellowship works

The Fellowship proposes to identify, train, mentor and sustain a group of 10 Legal Fellows and 5 Social Work Fellows in each location (i.e. Pune and Nagpur) who in turn will assist panel lawyers of the DLSA towards providing effective and competent legal representation to undertrial prisoners.

The work of the fellows will be focussed on ensuring that the legal aid machinery under the DLSA reaches every undertrial prisoner and that the quality of the representation provided by the DLSA in all cases is of expected standard.

Fair Trial Fellowship Pune Nagpur

Who we are looking for

Applicants for the legal fellowship must satisfy the following criteria.

  • Minimum of one year experience of practicing at trial court level
  • Registration as a practicing advocate (Sanad) with Bar Council of any state in India
  • Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking Marathi is essential
  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Familiarity with the use of MS-Office, emails and the internet
  • Prior work experience in criminal litigation and/or work with the District Legal Services Authority is desirable.

Applicants for the social work fellowship must fulfill the following criteria.

  • Post-graduate qualification in social work (M.A. in Social Work/MSW) or any other Helping Professions/Social Science/Humanities subject or related areas from a Central/Deemed/State-Recognised University
  • Minimum of one year experience (full time) in intervention work at the grassroot level.
  • Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking Marathi is essential
  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Familiarity with the use of MS-Office, emails and the internet
  • Prior work experience within institutions in the criminal justice system is desirable.
Remuneration

The Fellows will be engaged on a full-time basis, and paid Rs. 30,000 per month. The Fellowship will be for three years and Fellows will not be permitted to undertake work outside of the Fellowship.

How to apply
  • All interested candidates are required to send a copy of their resumé and a statement of purpose by email to p39a@nludelhi.ac.in. The Statement of purpose should not exceed 700 words. The subject of the e-mail should indicate the category of fellowship applied for as – “Fair Trial Fellowship – Application for Legal Fellowship” or “Fair Trial Fellowship – Application for Social Work Fellowship” depending on the choice and eligibility of the candidate.
  • Subject to fulfilling applicable eligibility criteria, candidates will be shortlisted for the first round of selection, on the basis of their work profile and statement of purpose.
  • The selection procedure will be conducted in two stages:
    1. Round One will comprise a written test to assess knowledge and application of law/ principles of social work  intervention of the applicants.
    2. Round Two will involve a personal interview of candidates shortlisted from Round One.

Dates and venue of selection rounds will be intimated to shortlisted candidates via email.

  • Candidates will be selected based on their performance in both the rounds. Selected candidates will be intimated by email.
  • Selected Candidates will be required to submit self-attested copies of all marksheets/degrees relating to eligibility criteria and provide original documents for verification at the time of joining. Final Selection of the candidate will be subject to the verification of documents.
Important Dates
  • Applications Open for Fellowship: May 5,2018
  • Last Date for submission of Applications: May 31,2018
  • Start Date for Fellowship: July 1, 2018
For full details, view the official notification given here.

 

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