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

The ministry mentioned empanelled attorneys facilitated no cost authorized representation for the duration of interrogation sessions by the law enforcement, attended identification parades, and posted programs for station or courtroom bail. Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck, stated that even with the outbreak of COVID-19, the council continued to improve accessibility to justice, which include facilitating those people in money constraints.

“The Lawful Assist Council has a sustained programme of assistance for Jamaicans who have matters before the Court docket. After a declare is submitted for Duty Counsel illustration, the Council engages an legal professional who presents lawful assist from the time they are in law enforcement custody to the time of their initial visual appeal in courtroom,” the minister claimed.

He pointed out additional that entry to justice, irrespective of monetary conditions, is considered a fundamental human correct.

In accordance to the Charter of Elementary Rights and Freedoms (Constitutional Modification) Act, 2011, Section 16 (6c), “every particular person charged with a prison offence shall­ be entitled to protect himself in person or by means of authorized representation of his have picking out or, if he has not ample suggests to pay for lawful representation, to be specified such aid as is necessary in the pursuits of justice”.

The ministry claimed the LAC has engaged more than 700 attorneys to take legal support assignments by the Duty Counsel provider and provision of lawful representation for felony matters in courtroom.

People who need authorized illustration for a criminal matter are inspired to get in touch with their neighborhood police station, or the LAC at (876)948-6999 or [email protected], for the listing of attorneys who present Obligation Counsel provider. 

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