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Office of Legal Service Ombuds Launched

June 6, 2022

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The Office of the Legal Service Ombuds has been launched.

In an address at the launch, the justice and correctional services minister, Ronald Lamola, called on the Ombuds to “work independently and not sweep complaints under the carpet”.

Justice Desai was appointed as the Legal Service Ombuds at the end of 2020.

The minister pointed out that the justice and constitutional development department is confident that Justice Desai will indeed “put an end to a spectacle where lawyers protected each other when faced with scrutiny arising from conduct not consistent with high standards of the legal profession”.

“We urge you to pursue complaints vigorously so that your responses can inspire confidence and provide solutions to our people”, he added.

The minister declared that the department is “committed to work together with Justice Desai and provide resources which will ensure that his office is fully capacitated”.

“The Director General has committed to address any challenges that may arise as the office of the ombud continues to roll out its services and we will hold him accountable in this regard”, he said.