A high-level delegation led by the Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs William Marau have left yesterday for Makira Ulawa Province to witness the re-establishment of a Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) in Kirakira.
The re-establishment of the legal services will be marked today with the handing over of an office and residence.
The government funded residence will be home to any legal officer who will be serving there.
Premier Thomas Weape yesterday said the return of public solicitor services to his province is a positive development for people of the province.
“The Public Solicitor’s Office here was closed in 1988 and since then, people have no choice but to spend large amounts of money to get legal advice on matters that could have been easily be catered for under the services of the public solicitor,” Mr Weape said.
He acknowledged that the service is very important and its return to Makira will help prevent people from spending money to travel to Honiara in the future in search of legal help.
“This is an achievement and I am very happy with this.”
He said his executive has acquired a land space which accommodates the office and residence.
The Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) is an independent public office established under the Constitution to provide legal aid, advice and assistance to people in need.
The PSO currently has offices in Honiara, Gizo and Auki.
By CHARLEY PIRINGI