Legal services to be readily available-Sharma

FREE legal services would also be taken to the doorsteps of those who have difficulties in reaching the Legal Aid Commission offices around the country, says Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma.

These clients, he said, included those who had limited mobility, admitted in hospitals and those who faced difficulties in accessing their services.

“We remain committed to reaching out and bringing services directly to you even to the most rural and remote areas to ensure you don’t travel far to access these services,” he said.

“There is great demand of free legal advice and other services. The opening of this new legal aid office in Seaqaqa will mean you won’t travel to Labasa.

“The staff of the commission remain committed and we will visit clients in residential areas or hospitals and if necessary, for reasons of difficulties or old age and limited mobility.

“We will promote our free services and we are here to assist you.”

Mr Sharma said his team would also visit villages and communities to inform people about the range of services the commission provided.

“Make full use of this office and we now have a total of five legal aid offices in the North with the opening of the Taveuni office as well,” he said.

“The opening of our offices confirms Government’s commitment to providing greater access to justice for all Fijians.

“Our 2013 Constitution mandates the State to ensure that fundamental human rights to justice made available to all regardless of their background.”

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