PEOPLE with Disability in Solomon Islands now have free access to legal advice after the Launch of the Public Solicitors Legal Advice Clinic in Honiara.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, NCW General Secretary Casper Fa’asala said he is really proud and happy of the launching of the new clinic for persons with disability in Solomon Islands is the first of its kind ever to have been established in the country.
“The launching of the clinic will be a memorable one for the disability community in the country and more especially for parents and family members and individual children, supporters and caregivers of youths and adults with disability.
“The former leaders of the country should be applauded for seeing it fit to ensure the Services of the Public Solicitor’s office is mandated according to the Solomon Islands Constitution,” he said.
The clinic is located at the National Council of Women (NCW) and Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Head Quarter.
The Public Solicitors Office (PSO) has recognised that women and people with disabilities in the Solomon Islands often have difficulties accessing legal representation and also committed to ensuring that all women and people with disabilities are able to obtain legal advice.
Meanwhile, Kathleen Kohata from the PSO said the legal clinic will provide legal aid, advice and assistance to those young men and women, and the elderly who are vulnerable to any forms of discrimination to access to the legal services offered by the clinic.
Mrs Kohata said PSO understands that their current office in Honiara does not provide easy access to people with disability and that is why they choose to move into such building that could be much easier for them.
She said as part of assisting such people with special needs, all the services provided will all be free.
Meanwhile the clinic will open only on every Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 4:30 pm.
Photo Caption: Kathleen Kohata from the PSO delivering her speech at the Legal Clinic Launching ceremony.