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Authorized Support Council assists extra than 3000 via Responsibility Counsel support

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

KINGSTON, Jamaica — More than 3,000 Jamaicans received guidance from the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Help Council (LAC) as a result of Duty Counsel illustration in 2020.&#13

The ministry reported empanelled attorneys facilitated no cost authorized illustration for the duration of interrogation classes by the law enforcement, attended identification parades, and posted programs for station or court docket bail. Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck, said that regardless of the outbreak of COVID-19, the council ongoing to strengthen obtain to justice, which includes facilitating all those in fiscal constraints.

“The Lawful Help Council has a sustained programme of guidance for Jamaicans who have issues before the Court. After a declare is submitted for Responsibility Counsel illustration, the Council engages an lawyer who delivers authorized guidance from the time they are in law enforcement custody to the time of their to start with overall look in court docket,” the minister stated.

He observed further more that accessibility to justice, irrespective of economical conditions, is regarded a essential human appropriate.

In accordance to the Charter of Elementary Rights and Freedoms (Constitutional Modification) Act, 2011, Part 16 (6c), “every man or woman billed with a felony offence shall­ be entitled to protect himself in person or via authorized representation of his personal picking out or, if he has not adequate means to pay out for legal illustration, to be given these kinds of support as is necessary in the interests of justice”.

The ministry reported the LAC has engaged far more than 700 attorneys to settle for legal assist assignments through the Duty Counsel support and provision of lawful representation for criminal matters in courtroom.

Men and women who require authorized illustration for a criminal subject are encouraged to make contact with their regional law enforcement station, or the LAC at (876)948-6999 or [email protected], for the list of attorneys who offer Duty Counsel services. 

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