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The Legal Aid Council, an arm of the Ministry of Justice, will hosts its first ever Legal Aid Saturday, providing free legal advice to Jamaicans from all walks of life in January.
The Council will host a three hour-session on January 23, starting at 9 a.m., at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, 36 Hope Road, Kingston.
In explaining the rationale behind the staging of the event, the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, Hugh Faulkner, noted that it is the first of its kind in Jamaica and is aimed at improving access to justice for all Jamaicans.
“This fits in well with Ministry of Justice’s transformation agenda. The Legal Aid Council is seeking to educate the public about the work of the Council. We are targeting persons who may find it difficult to afford the full cost of consultation,” Mr. Faulkner said.
“We are not promising to solve all legal problems, but people can understand how the law affects their particular cases and be directed as to the steps they may take,” he added.
Legal disciplines to be covered include: Personal injury; Employment; Property; Intestacy/Probate/Letters of Administration; Landlord/Tenant; Divorce; Maintenance; Criminal Matters ; and Intellectual Property.
There will be a brief opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. The Council is urging Attorneys to register early for participation in the event.

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