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A-G Highlights: Lawyers Charging High Fees, Not Showing Up On Time

“Lawyers are not turning up on time or sometimes docking the fees or claiming high amounts of money when they already should not be,” he said.
22 Aug 2019 13:04
A-G Highlights: Lawyers Charging High Fees, Not Showing Up On Time
Participants at the three-day Legal Aid Commission Regional Conference at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola on August 21, 2019. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted serious concerns on the legal fraternity charging high fees for representation and showing tardiness.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was speaking at the opening of the three-day Legal Aid Commission Regional Conference at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola yesterday.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said on a number of occasions, the representation from lawyers was not good.

“Lawyers are not turning up on time or sometimes docking the fees or claiming high amounts of money when they already should not be,” he said.

“I think the Legal Aid has now decided to represent the clients but have some measures put in place to develop specific Chinese walls so there is no conflict and conflicts do not arise.”

He told the representatives of legal practitioners who were not part of Legal Aid that they played a critical role.

“It is critically important for us to understand that to be able to address legal aid and access to justice legal practitioners who are not part of legal aid must actually play a critical role,” he said.
Legal Aid to help protect foreign workers

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also said that the Legal Aid Commission needed to provide services and develop measures to protect foreign workers.

He said there was a construction boom in the private sector, however, the disadvantage from that was the exploitation of foreign workers.

“We had a huge construction boom particularly in a lot of the private sector and the public sector investments filled in that space for the demand for people in the construction sector,” he said.

“Unfortunately, one of the effects is the exploitation of foreign workers so again Legal Aid has to provide the services because nobody else will and we need to develop a number of measures, how do we protect them.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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