The Legal Aid Commission Fiji will launch its new 3-year strategic plan aimed to increase their effectiveness in providing access to justice to the vulnerable Fijians who cannot afford private lawyers.
The 2019 – 2021 strategic plan will be officially launched by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, at the first-ever Pacific Legal Aid Conference that will be held next week in Sigatoka.
Commission Director-Shahin Ali says says the Commission has maintained international best practices and standards by adhering to the United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems.
The Commission’s strategic approach includes the provision and extension of a number of legal aid services in criminal, family and civil matters to Fijians who were deprived in the past because of affordability and location.
Ali says the strategic plan provides the Commission with a solid and strategic direction in terms of effectively fulfilling our mandate. We want to ensure that every Fijian gets justice regardless of their socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender or location.
The Commission’s Plan is also in line with the Government’s policy of taking essential services to the most rural and remote areas of Fiji thereby making access to justice a reality.
More than a hundred people from the Region are expected to attend the three day Conference next week. The Conference is organized by the Legal Aid Commission.