In Sri Lanka, the biennial Commonwealth Law Ministers’ Conference began in Colombo today under the theme Equal Access to Justice and the Rule of Law. Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad will be representing India at the conference.
The four-day conference participated by Law Ministers and Attorney Generals from Commonwealth countries seeks to address challenges faced by millions of people seeking to resolve legal problems or disputes. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland emphasized the event’s significance in the current global context in which obstacles to justice are prevalent in many forms.
These include barriers such as poverty, lack of legal aid, distrust of the justice system and corruption. She said that access to justice is fundamental for democracy and peace to flourish and so Commonwealth countries are working actively through mutual support and encouragement to address barriers that may remain, particularly for vulnerable groups.
Source : News Service Division. All India Radio