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Legal Aid On The move: A-G

The Legal Aid Commission is boosting its services like never before with family law, maintenance, custody, domestic violence cases being handled by the cadre of lawyers around the country. This
10 Feb 2015 10:20
Legal Aid On The move: A-G

The Legal Aid Commission is boosting its services like never before with family law, maintenance, custody, domestic violence cases being handled by the cadre of lawyers around the country.

This is on top of the traditional criminal cases that have been the forte of the Commission since its inception in 1998. In Parliament yesterday, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum pointed out that from 1998 to 2008 the only Commission offices that existed were three, one in the Central Division (Suva), Western Division and the Northern Division (Labasa).

Since 2012, the Commission has opened offices in Nadi, Rakiraki, Sigatoka, Nausori and Nasinu.

This year, the Prime Minister opened a Commission office in Navua. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said more offices were planned to be opened for Savusavu, Tavua, Korovou, Levuka, Taveuni, Rotuma and Kadavu.

In response, Opposition parliamentarian Niko Nawaikula said most lawyers would be out of work if the Legal Aid Commission continued to expand its services, prompting applause from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Government had the political and administrative will to achieve its objectives. He said from 2016, the Commission was expected to also handle conveyancing, part of the Commission’s work to make the law accessible for all Fijians, particularly in relation to the transfer of property titles.

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