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Public defender reaches out

Friday, May 30, 2014    

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THE Office of the Public Defender (OPD) has embarking on an outreach programme geared at increasing its visibility and accessibility, particularly to persons outside of the Corporate Area.

Outreach activities were scheduled to begin yesterday at the St Gabriel's Anglican Church in May Pen, Clarendon.

The next sessions will move to the St Matthew's Anglican Church in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth, and St Mark's Anglican Church in Mandeville, Manchester, on June 17 and July 8, respectively. All sessions are scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.

"We are reaching out to persons in the (central) section of the island who find it difficult to make their way into Kingston to lodge complaints to our office; we know that persons in rural Jamaica have complaints too, and so we have created this opportunity for them to reach us," investigator in the Office of the Public Defender, Victor Hemmings, said.

Hemmings pointed out that the sessions were expected to allow persons to meet and have dialogue with the acting public defender and members of his team, while being informed about the service offerings and mandate of the office.

"We will record your complaints, address them, and carry out further investigations where necessary," the investigator said. He encouraged persons to refer to the office all complaints regarding maladministration or injustice by the State or its agencies.

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