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Free Legal Service ‘A Committment To Justice’

The FijiFirst Government realises the right of people in every walk of life to access legal services. While opening the Nabouwalu Legal Aid Commission office yesterday, the third in  the
06 Jul 2018 10:00
Free Legal Service ‘A Committment To Justice’
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimaram (second from left), Solicitor General Sharvada Sharma (right), during the opening of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry office in Nabouwalu, Bua, on July 5, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

The FijiFirst Government realises the right of people in every walk of life to access legal services.

While opening the Nabouwalu Legal Aid Commission office yesterday, the third in  the Northern Division, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the FijiFirst Government was committed in expanding services and it was a critical part of the Government’s mission to build a more caring and inclusive Fiji.

“This is a record of which we can all be very proud of. That rapid expansion of Legal Aid Offices providing free legal services in Fiji is owed to my Government’s unwavering commitment to justice,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“To equal opportunity and to equal access to services for ordinary Fijians, no matter where they live in our country.

“This new office opening, along with all of the development and services delivered and expanded under my leadership, is all part of the same consistent agenda carried out by my Government over the past decade.

“That agenda has put our economy on track for a historic nine straight years of economic growth and brought unemployment in Fiji to a 20-year low.

“That agenda has brought unprecedented infrastructure development to every corner of the country.

“And that agenda has catered for those who are most vulnerable in Fiji, protecting those historically on the margins of society and bringing them into the fold of our national life and prosperity.”

He said it was critically important that no Fijian was marginalised in the Fijian judicial system, particularly due to financial constraints.

“The reason offices like these are so important, is because the law and access to legal services are among the greatest equalisers in Fijian society,” he said.

“Thanks to the Fijian Constitution, we are all equal in the eyes of the law, and that fundamental truth forms the basis of our common and equal citizenry and our shared national identity, one nation, one people, all of us Fijians.

“If you need representation, it must be made available, and that is what these offices are about, and that is what the women and men employed in these offices are dedicated to delivering for the Fijian people.”

The Prime Minister’s four-day tour of the Northern Division ended yesterday. Edited by Percy Kean

nacanieli.tuilevuka@fijisun.com.fj



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