Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officially opened the new Legal Aid Office in Labasa.
The new office will provide free counsel on a range of legal matters, including legal services in the areas of family, criminal and civil law.
Bainimarama reassured the people of Labasa that the office will also provide advice, free-of-charge to anyone; assisting with witnessing documents, such as birth certificates, academic transcripts and so on, dealing with landlord and tenant related issues, drafting wills and helping with probate matters.
“In the 2017–2018 financial year we’ve increased the allocation to the Legal Aid Commission to a record $8.4 million and due to year after year of unprecedented funding, I am proud to say that low-income earners in Fiji have more opportunity than ever before to seek legal advice and enjoy the security, assurance and full protection of the law.”
“The reason offices like this are so important, Ladies and Gentlemen, is because the law and access to legal services are among the greatest equalisers in Fijian society.”
40,000 Fijians have been assisted at Legal Aid Offices throughout the country last year.