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New Office To Bridge Gap

New Office To Bridge Gap
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left) with the Director Legal Aid Commission, Shahin Ali, at the opening of the Legal Aid Office in Labasa on July 3, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News
July 05
10:00 2018

Expanding access to legal services is a critical part of the Bainimarama Government.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said this is his government’s mission to build a more caring and more inclusive Fiji.

Opening the new Legal-Aid Commission office in Labasa and Savusavu this week Mr Bainimarama said the FijiFirst Government would work to cater for every Fijian’s need.

However, he said, the government was not content with the limited space and service provided by the Legal Aid office.

“That is why we have gone even further to open this new, more spacious Legal Aid Office.

“An office that will make the services offered by the Legal Aid Commission even more accessible for you and your families.”

He said the offices were open to every Fijian, and the staff within were ready and willing to serve.

“When you walk through these doors, you will be accessing the full legal services of the Legal Aid Commission, the largest law firm in the country.”

Mr Bainimarama said those earning below $15,000 annually would receive free services from the Commission officers on a range of legal matters such as in the areas of family, criminal and civil law.

He said they can also provide advice, free-of-charge to anyone, assist in witnessing documents, such as birth certificates, academic transcripts and so on, dealing with landlord and tenant related issues, drafting wills and helping with probate matters.

“I am proud to say that low-income earners in Fiji have more opportunity than ever before to seek legal advice and enjoy the security, assurance and full protection of the law.”

Mr Bainimarama will be opening the Nabouwalu office today.

Edited by Percy Kean

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