NEW Legal Aid offices will be opened in Sigatoka, Navua, Savusavu and Taveuni by the end of the first quarter next year.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama revealed this in his address at the opening of the 15th Attorney-General's Conference in Natadola yesterday.
He said the government, through the Constitution, was serious about providing access to justice for all Fijians.
"While we had civil-political rights under the 1990 and 1997 constitutions, in practice many people were denied justice because they weren't able to afford lawyers, or they didn't have access to lawyers," Commodore Bainimarama said.
"For the first time under this Constitution, it is mandatory that the Legal Aid Commission provide access to justice to all Fijians.
"This is why in the 2014 Budget, we have provided an unprecedented allocation of more than $4million to the Legal Aid Commission, allowing amongst other things, new Legal Aid offices to be opened in Sigatoka, Navua, Savusavu and Taveuni by the end of the first quarter of next year."