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Demand for legal aid lawyers

Felix Chaudhary
Monday, December 09, 2013

THE Legal Aid Commission challenged about 300 lawyers attending the 15th Attorney-General's Conference in Natadola last week to join its ranks and serve the underprivileged in society.-

The director Legal Aid, Sunil Sharma, told the legal fraternity that increasing demand for legal aid services prompted the commission to increase staffing.

"At the moment we have 60 staff and we are looking at increasing this to 107 next year," he said.

Mr Sharma said since the commission began addressing civil matters, demand for services had increased.

"The Legal Aid Commission has predominantly been a family and criminal law practice.

"Since November 2010 the commission started assisting in civil matters such as drafting of wills, non-contentious probate and letters of administration, and doing withdrawals of FNPF contribution when the contribution gets deposited in the High Court upon the death of a member."

The Legal Aid Commission operates out of eight centres around the country.-

Plans are afoot to open centres in Savusavu, Taveuni and Nasinu next year.