People from Westmoreland and neighbouring parishes will be able to access legal services and advice on many matters concerning them, at a Legal Aid Council (LAC) Justice Fair in Savanna-la-Mar, on Friday, July 26.
This latest quarterly fair of the LAC will be held at Independence Park from 10:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m.
Executive Director of the LAC, Hugh Faulkner says, “If persons have criminal matters in court and they need a lawyer, we can do the assignment right there (at the fair). If they have family members who are detained as a result of the State of Emergency, we can provide duty counsel at no cost,” he said.
Mr. Faulkner told JIS News that representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Administrator General’s Department, Dispute Resolution Foundation and the Victim Services Division will be on hand to provide information and advice.
“The Public Defender will also have counsels available on the day to assist persons who believe that their rights may have been violated,” Mr. Faulkner said.
The Justice Fairs are part of the LAC’s outreach efforts, aimed at ensuring that Jamaicans have adequate access to legal services.