Legal Aid Commission
The Legal Aid Commission (the “Commission”) is a Statutory Body formed under the Legal Aid Act 1996 (the “Act”) and the Legal Aid Amendment Decree 2009. The Commission was established in July 1998 to provide legal services to those who could not afford the services of a private legal practitioner. The 2013 Fijian Constitution gives the Legal Aid Commission constitutional recognition, guarantees its operational independence, and ensures adequate funding by Parliament.
Products and services
The Commission provides free legal services to members of the public by giving advice, providing legal representation in court and other related services. Currently, the Commission provides service in all areas of Family law and criminal law. Assistance is provided in civil law matters but these are limited to certain areas of practice only.