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Fiji launches access to justice assessment

Alisi Vucago
Thursday, March 01, 2018

Update: 6:43PM THE 'Access to Justice Assessment' under Fiji's Access to Justice program was today launched in Suva to provide data, information, and feedback to the justice system in Fiji.

At its launch at the Holiday Inn, Chief Justice Anthony Gates said the assessment would begin a systematic analysis of the judiciary's existing state of affairs.

With the many changes occurring in the justice system, Mr Gates said it would be worthwhile to know how the ordinary litigant (person involved in a legal case) would respond.

"There is much more to be done to improve the experience of attending court," he said.

"From the collection of the results, we expect to be able to plan how we can improve services as the public perceives is the greatest need."

The assessment will take place across Fiji from this month through funding by the European Union.

Mr Gates also acknowledged the great work that the Legal Aid Commission offered to all Fijians.

The assessment will be carried out by the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL), an internationally renowned justice firm with whom the United Nations Development Program is working with to design and implement a comprehensive Assessment of Access to Justice needs and perceptions for Fiji.

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