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 A-G Announces New Legal Aid Commission Appointments

    The Legal Aid Act 1996 (“Act”) stipulates that the Legal Aid Commission comprise of the Solicitor-General, the Chief Registrar, three legal practitioners, and two members of the public.
01 Sep 2018 10:00
 A-G Announces New Legal Aid Commission Appointments

 

 

The Legal Aid Act 1996 (“Act”) stipulates that the Legal Aid Commission comprise of the Solicitor-General, the Chief Registrar, three legal practitioners, and two members of the public. The Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharama will be chairperson.

The latest appointments to the Legal Aid Commission was announced on Thursday by the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Their appointment terms of three years is effective from August 23, 2018.

The new appointments include le­gal practitioners:

– Mele Rakai

– Virisila Lidise

– Ritesh Naidu

– President of the Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation Joshko Wakani­yasi

– Frank Hilton School chief execu­tive officer Sureni Perera.

The Legal Aid Act 1996 (“Act”) stipulates that the Legal Aid Com­mission comprise of the Solicitor-General, the Chief Registrar, three legal practitioners, and two mem­bers of the public.

In accordance with the Act, So­licitor-General Sharvada Sharama will be chairperson of the commis­sion and Chief Registrar Yohan Liyanage will be a member of the commission.

“We are excited to welcome our newly appointed commissioners at a time when legal aid offices and services are rapidly expanding across the country,” the Attorney-General Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“The commission is already the largest law firm in Fiji.

“And it’s growing faster than ever; providing greater access to justice and free legal services to those Fi­jians without the means to afford a lawyer.

“Just this past year, we have opened new legal aid offices in Savusavu, Korovou, Nabouwalu and Levuka, with plans to open new offices in Taveuni, Keyasi and Seaqaqa very soon.

“Our new appointees from the legal fraternity have decades of combined experience in the public and private legal sector where they have acquired a range of impres­sive skill-sets that will be a huge as­set to the work of the Commission.

“We are also excited to welcome Mr Wakaniyasi and Ms Perera who both have a track record of service to the Fijian people, particularly those most vulnerable in Fijian so­ciety,” he said. Source: DEPTFO

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