AGHS Legal Aid Cell-Pakistan
Intern - Morgen Morrissette
During the summer of 2011, I did a variety of tasks for AGHS. I researched these Family Law topics: 1.Under what circumstances evidence that a party failed to raise at the appropriate time can be introduced for a custody suit; 2.When the court can proceed ex-parte in a custody suit; 3.Custodial rights of non-immediate family members; and 4.Visitation rights of non-immediate family members.
I also visited court, attending family, guardian, and high courts and observed presentation of evidence and motions. I also observed the appellate process and cross-examinations.
Other activities included researching contempt laws for the contempt case against Taj Haider, researching statutes similar to the domestic violence statute introduced in Pakistan to find any legal weakness, suggesting several re-wordings, clarifications and amendments, some of which were added to the presentation to be given to the senate.
In the Criminal Law area, I visited court for a habeas claim leveled against the mother of a young child. For the Child Rights Unit, I began summarizing daily news stories relating to violence against children for that Unitís annual report.
I also researched bail for family members accused of enticing away a girl who ran away with their son to be married. The accused and plaintiffs are former bonded laborers (slaves) from a brick kiln. AGHS freed the family with a habeas petition.
For the Burn Victims Unit, I edited accounts of burn victims for publication. I also edited accounts of murder, panchayat, abduction, and suicide for publication.
In the area of Violence Against Women, I visited the Dastak shelter for women and a womenís police station and holding center.