Legal aid services expand

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officiated at the opening of the Legal Aid Commission office in Keiyasi Navosa. Picture: REINAL CHAND

GOVERNMENT’S $10.4 million commitment to establishing Legal Aid Commission offices across the country makes Fiji a global leader in providing access to justice.

This was the word from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while opening the Legal Aid Commission office in Keyasi, Navosa, yesterday. “This week is a historic one for the Legal Aid Commission,” he said.

“Tomorrow (today), I’ll be in Seaqaqa, opening another Legal Aid office, and then on Thursday I’ll go on to Taveuni, where we’ll be opening the first Legal Aid office on the island.

“Rotuma, Kadavu and Vunidawa will soon be welcoming new Legal Aid offices of their own, and once we finish work on the office in Levuka, we’ll have 22 branches of the commission throughout Fiji.

“These milestone achievements in expanding access to justice are being made possible by an unprecedented spending commitment from my Government towards the expansion of legal aid, including the $10.4m allocated in this financial year.

“On a per capita basis, our financial commitment towards the expansion of legal aid services ranks Fiji as a world leader in funding access to justice. “We’re seeing the returns of that world-leading effort.

“Today, the Legal Aid Commission is Fiji’s largest law firm. “Every day it gives more low-income earners in Fiji greater opportunity than ever before to seek legal advice and enjoy the security, assurance and full protection of the law.”

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