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Commission ‘Must Ensure Access To Legal Rights’

As such, lawyers and support staff of the Legal Aid Commission have a very important role to play in ensuring that people’s legal rights are accessible.
03 Feb 2019 10:38
Commission ‘Must Ensure Access To Legal Rights’
The 1st National Staff Conference participants from the Legal Aid Commission with stakeholders on February 2, 2019, at the Warwick Fiji on the Coral Coast. Photo: Rohit Kumar

The Legal Aid Commission’s role is to ensure that ordinary Fijians have access to their legal rights, legal justice, legal awareness and legal education.

As such, lawyers and support staff of the Legal Aid Commission have a very important role to play in ensuring that people’s legal rights are accessible.

The comments came from the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum while addressing Legal Aid Commission staff at their first national staff conference at the Warwick Fiji yesterday.

“It is very critical to maintain a level of professionalism with your clients despite their appearance,” he said.

Legal Aid staff were reminded that there was a level of respect that their clients deserved because it was the people’s taxes which allowed the existence of the commission.

He praised the organisers for incorporating sessions that helped bring standards to the profession.

The Legal Aid Commission is expanding its services and the Prime Minister will soon open two more offices at Seaqaqa (Vanua Levu) and Keiyasi (Navosa).

The workshop was attended by more than 200 participants from the commission.

Meanwhile, the Government has increased its funding for the Legal Aid Commission to $10 million.

Edited by Epineri Vula

Feedback: rohit.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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