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Legal eagles spread wings of service

Making excellent legal service available to everyone in Fiji is the aim of the Legal Aid Commission.And, Acting Director Shahin Ali says this is one of the reasons why the
22 Jan 2018 11:00
Legal eagles spread wings of service
Delegates at the 7th annual national corporate staff workshop held at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa at Natadola at the weekend. Photo: DEPTFO

Making excellent legal service available to everyone in Fiji is the aim of the Legal Aid Commission.And, Acting Director Shahin Ali says this is one of the reasons why the commission is opening more offices around the country.

“Under the 2017/2018 financial period, the commission received a grant which will enable us to open more branches and extend service delivery even further,” Mr Ali said.

“In doing so, we will expand our services further into remote and rural areas of Fiji, including islands by opening an additional five branches this year.

“There are times when members of the public cannot come to the office due to reasons of disability, restricted mobility, old age, ill-health, financial constraints.”

Mr Ali said that having no lawyer for representation should not be a problem anymore.

“A person must not be deprived access to the Legal Aid Commission and its services.  In such cases we send a team to visit people in their homes or in hospitals and provide legal services where possible. This is what sets us apart from others when it comes to delivering legal services.”

“In 2016, we received 12,573 applications for legal aid and in 2017, this figure was 16,492.”

Mr Ali also commended the staff of the commission who work to support the lawyers in assisting members of the public.

“The work you do is just as important and valuable as those of other professions. In fact, you are the professionals in your own fields of work. Be proud of what you do and the contribution you make in the lives of the thousands of people we serve yearly,” Mr Ali said.

“The front line service which you provide ultimately determines the reputation of the Commission.

“We must continue to serve the less fortunate and most vulnerable members of our community.”

Mr Ali was speaking at the closing of the 7th anual national corporate staff workshop held at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa at Natadola at the weekend.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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