Despite the lack of lawyers in the agency, the Department of Justice Action Center (DOJAC) was able to provide legal assistance to almost 11 individuals last year, said Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes.
Citing its latest report, Balmes said the DOJAC managed to serve a total of 11,883 clients in 2017.
With this number, Balmes pointed out this shows the DOJ’s continued commitment to serve the public.
“The Department of Justice (DOJ) remains committed to bring the Department closer to the people, as it continues to provide legal assistance to the public through the DOJ Action Center (DOJAC),” he said in a statement.
Just last September, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II complained that the DOJ needed over 1,000 lawyers for its backlog of around 14,000 cases.
“We have more than 1,000 vacancies,” he had said.