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Land Disputes Top List Of Concerns at Open Day

Land disputes have been the most common issue brought to the Legal Aid Commission office in Labasa. The commission’s acting director, Shahin Ali, confirmed this during the open day last
22 Oct 2018 11:00
Land Disputes Top List Of Concerns at Open Day
Acting Director of Legal Aid Commission, Shahin Ali (7th from left--front) with Legal Aid staff members during the open day in Labasa on October 20, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

Land disputes have been the most common issue brought to the Legal Aid Commission office in Labasa.

The commission’s acting director, Shahin Ali, confirmed this during the open day last Friday.

“Most pressing issues have been on tenancy leases,” he said.

Mr Ali said the commission had always been there to assist the peo­ple of Fiji through its legal aid ser­vices.

“Disputes tended to arise due to various reasons and each case needed understanding from all rel­evant parties,” he said.

“Legal aid has also started assist­ing people relating to civil cases.

“The whole idea about this cam­paign is to create awareness in the North.

“We give advice to everyone and anyone despite their income or merit status.”

Mr Ali said that legal aid had as­sisted more than 40,000 people last year alone and the numbers were increasing this year.

Some people in the Northern Di­vision have brought issues such as untimely and lack of tanks or wa­ter services.

“We also assisted them in writing to relevant authorities because wa­ter is a basic human right,” he said.

“In this way we are actively facili­tating the process.”

Mr Ali said Legal Aid Commission staff also attended personally to people at their doorsteps for those who could not make it to their office because of immobility or heath is­sues.

“In this way, we are able to get recommendations from people on how we can improve our services,” he said.

Among the many fortunate people who made use of the opportunity to benefit from the open day was Emily Tatawaqa, who sought legal advice which in turn helped her sort a few pertinent issues.

“I am glad the legal aid has helped me in those areas,” she said.

Similar workshops and open days will be held in Labasa in the com­ing weeks.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: yogesh.chandra@fijisun.com.fj



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