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Legal Aid For All, Says A-G

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the services of the Legal Aid Commission should cater for all people. He made the remarks at the close of the 5th Annual National Corporate Staff
10 Jan 2016 11:41
Legal Aid For All, Says A-G
Attorney General and Minister for Justice Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum hands over the certificate to Salanieta Talei at the closing of Legal Aid Commission 5th Annual National Corporate Staff Training at the Intercontinental Fiji Golf and Spa, Natadola yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the services of the Legal Aid Commission should cater for all people.

He made the remarks at the close of the 5th Annual National Corporate Staff Training for the commission at InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa. He said staff should be going out and creating public awareness.

“You cannot go out creating awareness just by sitting in your office,” he said.

“Those of you are involved in it you need to actually go out and reach to the communities. We now have advertisements and brochures in vernacular language.

“You need to be able to do those talkback shows.”

He said many people did not know the Government provided this service.

He said he was surprised with the type of questions they got asked. “Things that you and I take for granted.”

He said the commission must help the people. He said this was the only way Fiji can become modern, the only way our citizens can be empowered.

“It is very important the privileges that we have, the access to information that we have, we must ensure that all Fijians have it. It should not matter where they live, it should not matter what level of income they have.”

He said he was up in the hills of Nadroga. He said the condition that they were living in was very different to what “you and I are used to.”

He said the location did not mean they could not get that service.

“That is very critical and that is why Legal Aid is here and that’s what our Government is focusing on providing. We are not happy by just reaching out to a part of the population we want to reach out to every Fijian population and that is very critical.

“Please you need to provide service to them. And they need to be able to work together with you and I think by doing so you get the services level right. Legal Aid Commission will afford to double up their orientation.I think it is very critical from personal perspective, Legal Aid needs to do a lot more outreach work.

“It is very important. It’s very important for most Fijians to get to know what service you provide especially you should remember one thing that I and is still problem not just in legal aid but some of the services and ministries the way we spoke to the people who come all the way from out there many of the people are desperate many of the people don’t have anywhere else to go and even if they have somewhere else to go anybody that comes over the counter you should talk to them in the most respected way you have to respect and help them feel comfortable, it’s very important.

“If they speak to you in a language you don’t understand refer them to a staff to who will help them and know what they are talking about. It’s very important we have that level of customer service.”

 

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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