KINGSTON, Jamaica — Extra than 3,000 Jamaicans been given support from the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Council (LAC) through Duty Counsel illustration in 2020.&#13

The ministry claimed empanelled attorneys facilitated free lawful representation in the course of interrogation classes by the police, attended identification parades, and posted applications for station or court bail. Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck, reported that regardless of the outbreak of COVID-19, the council ongoing to make improvements to entry to justice, like facilitating individuals in economical constraints.

“The Lawful Support Council has a sustained programme of support for Jamaicans who have matters in advance of the Court. Once a claim is submitted for Duty Counsel illustration, the Council engages an legal professional who offers authorized help from the time they are in law enforcement custody to the time of their 1st visual appeal in courtroom,” the minister mentioned.

He observed further that obtain to justice, no matter of fiscal situation, is thought of a primary human suitable.

In accordance to the Constitution of Essential Rights and Freedoms (Constitutional Amendment) Act, 2011, Part 16 (6c), “every human being billed with a criminal offence shall­ be entitled to defend himself in particular person or by means of legal illustration of his own deciding on or, if he has not ample implies to fork out for authorized representation, to be presented this kind of assistance as is needed in the interests of justice”.

The ministry mentioned the LAC has engaged far more than 700 lawyers to accept lawful aid assignments by way of the Obligation Counsel support and provision of legal representation for felony issues in courtroom.

Folks who require lawful representation for a criminal matter are encouraged to speak to their nearby police station, or the LAC at (876)948-6999 or [email protected], for the record of attorneys who offer Obligation Counsel assistance. 

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