Legal Aid Council to Get Two Additional Mobile Units

This was disclosed by Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, at the launch of the Legal Aid Council website on September 4 at the Ministry, Constant Spring Road in Kingston. Story Highlights The services of the Legal Aid Council will be further expanded with the addition of two mobile units to be commissioned by the end of the financial year, bringing the number of mobile units operated by the Council to three. The units will facilitate the dispensing of free legal information on issues such as expungement of criminal records, wills, land titles, criminal matters, and child custody and maintenance. The services of the Legal Aid Council will be further expanded with the addition of two mobile units to be commissioned by the end of the financial year, bringing the number of mobile units operated by the Council to three.This was disclosed by Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, at the launch of the Legal Aid Council website on September 4 at the Ministry, Constant Spring Road in Kingston.The units will facilitate the dispensing of free legal information on issues such as expungement of criminal records, wills, land titles, criminal matters, and child custody and maintenance.In his address at the ceremony, Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, said the mobile unit provides an essential service to many persons in need of legal counsel.“Our mobile unit does a tremendous amount of work across communities in Jamaica, affording persons who can’t travel outside their communities to get legal-aid advice and counselling and all sorts of information,” he pointed out.Highlighting the great demand for the services provided by the mobile unit, the Minister said this is evidence that the unit is meeting the needs of the wider community of persons who would not be able to access legal advice otherwise.“We have two more buses, which will be commissioned during the course of this year, so we will have three mobile units to serve communities across Jamaica. When that happens, we should not hear of any community that asks for the mobile unit and it is not available,” he said.He noted that the mobile unit is a critical component in increasing access to justice services at the community level.“Citizens will be able to do a face-to-face with lawyers in the mobile unit. They can go to the mobile unit and interact with the attorney that is always present. Distance will not be a barrier, lack of money should not be a barrier and social status will definitely not be a barrier,” Mr. Chuck added.He also encouraged persons to make use of the new Legal Aid Council website, which he said will post the schedule of the dates and communities that the mobile unit will be visiting.Speaking with JIS News at the website launch, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, Hugh Faulkner, said the mobile unit has done a great deal of work at the community level, visiting over 100 communities across Jamaica with more than 3,000 residents receiving counsel as a result of these visits.Executive Director, Legal Aid Council, Hugh Faulkner, addresses the launch of the Legal Aid Council website on Wednesday (September 4), at the Ministry, Constant Spring Road in Kingston. The website is intended to increase awareness of the work of the Council and improve public access to the necessary information and resources available for legal aid.“These are communities where there is emphasis on trying to ensure there is peace, calm, employment opportunity, and access to justice. We did 120 community visits throughout the year, so that people can have access to justice,” he said.“When the mobile unit goes out currently, the citizens have two lawyers they can speak to and we address their concerns. Even though legal aid is not granted for civil matters for trials, persons can get advice on any matter from our justice mobile unit, free of cost. That is why it is accessible… and with three units by the end of the financial year, we will be even more accessible,” the Executive Director said.The Legal Aid Mobile Unit is part of the Government’s strategic priority to honour the rule of law and provide timely justice outcomes. The Unit, which began operations in January 2017, provides free consultation and advice, and completes court assignments for clients with criminal matters. read more

MSME Sector to Be Fully Represented at Employee Engagement Conference

“The MSME is the backbone of our economy, and so we are particularly focused on them, but not exclusively, because we believe that there is merit in clustering the large companies with the small ones,” she added. Story Highlights Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JBDC, Valerie Veira, said that the services and products offered by MSMEs will be promoted at the conference, as a part of the organisation’s efforts to be inclusive. The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) says the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector will be fully represented at the 2019 Employee Engagement Conference from October 16 to 17. The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) says the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector will be fully represented at the 2019 Employee Engagement Conference from October 16 to 17.Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JBDC, Valerie Veira, said that the services and products offered by MSMEs will be promoted at the conference, as a part of the organisation’s efforts to be inclusive.“The MSME is the backbone of our economy, and so we are particularly focused on them, but not exclusively, because we believe that there is merit in clustering the large companies with the small ones,” she added.Assistant Manager in Project Management and Research Development, JBDC, Sasha McCalla, said entrepreneurs will be showcasing a variety of products and services over the two-day conference.“We will have persons doing makeup therapy sessions, a fitness instructor and we will have others who are doing paint and sip, massage therapy and live cooking,” she added.Ms. Veira appealed to companies and individuals to assist MSMEs to attend the conference.“We have a special commitment to the MSMEs to ensure that they are involved, so we are trying to get scholarships for those who would not be able to afford the cost to attend, as we don’t want them to be excluded from the conference,” she said.The CEO noted that the focus of the conference, which is employee engagement, is relevant to all organisations of all sizes.“Whether you have five persons or one hundred, if the staff experience is bad, the results will be bad, and this will result in poor customer relations,” she added.The event, which will be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston, is being staged under the theme ‘Employee Experience 3D – Design. Develop. Deliver’.Persons interested in attending the conference can visit the JBDC website at www.jbdc.net and complete the application form. read more