„The lack of legal representation is. Another significant barrier to access to justice. Many in our society cannot afford to be represented by a lawyer. The legal aid system is designed to help those with limited resources afford legal representation when they need it. That system has collapsed, resulting in an increasing number of unrepresented representatives on our courts and, we can be sure, too many others who are unable to seek redress for injustice. „Budget 2020 provided funding to the Aotearoa Community Law Centres to set up a pro bono clearinghouse where lawyers willing to work for free are matched with people in need of legal aid. This clearing-house mechanism, called Te Ara Ture, will meet the needs of some who would otherwise miss justice because they do not have the means to be represented and cannot obtain legal assistance. Lawyers employed by the PDS are employed directly by the government, while private lawyers who are not employed by the PDS can continue to provide legal aid as long as they meet the criteria outlined in the law.  The POC and private lawyers continue to be paid from the same legal aid budget.  However, the PDS is only available in New Zealand`s busiest courts, where there are enough legal cases to justify the existence of the PDS and the private bar. By 2012, the service had been extended to courts in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Porirua, Hamilton, Dunedin and Tauranga.
 The last POS office was opened in May 2012 in Hawkes Bay.  Contact the Wellington or Auckland office with details below. You can use these legal aid forms in PDF format to apply for help. Find out about your legal aid lawyer, paying a legal aid debt and what legal aid forms are available. These data exclude expenditure on the services of public defender, legal advice for police custody and family law counselling, since these services are not provided by the granting of legal aid. The most important (but not the only) legal service established under the LSA 2011 is legal aid: see Part 2 of the Act. Legal aid is administered by the Ministry of Justice through the Minister of Justice and the Commissioner for Legal Services: see the Ministry of Justice „Legal aid“ (information for clients), the Ministry of Justice „Legal Aid Lawyers“ (information for private lawyers) and the Public Defense Service (information on lawyers employed by the Ministry of Justice who provide (independent) legal aid for criminal cases). As Helen Winkelmann explains, „The New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Commemorative Address 2014: Access to Justice – Who Needs Lawyers?“ (2014) 13 Otago LR 229, particularly at pages 234-236, these concerns about the legal aid system are not new. These legislative changes have not been well received by the legal community.   The president of the New Zealand Law Society, Jonathan Temm, stated that legal aid was already underfunded and that expanding the public defence service would make the organization even less effective.
In 2012, Justice Andrew Tipping, the country`s longest-serving judge, said that recent cuts to legal aid had affected the justice system: „The amount of money spent deciding whether legal aid should be provided by the Department of Justice would be better spent on legal representation.“  Under Judicial Services, download the „View or download legal aid data tables“ file from the URL provided. There is an urgent need to invest in the legal aid system so that legal aid is accessible to more people. For example, the income threshold for accessing civil legal aid is less than $24,000 per year for an individual and less than $37,000 per year for a dependant. When compared to the minimum wage for adults ($41,600 per year), it shows that legal aid is out of reach for many. These thresholds, as well as the rates paid to legal aid providers, have not kept pace with cost and wage inflation. New Zealand judges had long had the power to appoint a defence lawyer, but under the Westminister Poor Prisoners Defence Act 1903, efforts were made to introduce similar legislation in New Zealand.   This was the Justices of the Peace (Amendment) Act, 1912, which provided legal aid for crimes.  The Legal Aid Act 1939 (No. 42) „empowered the New Zealand Law Society to establish committees and groups of legal practitioners to assist the poor“ and gave the Governor General the power to make regulations respecting the definition of a „poor person.“  Although no new rules were introduced, in practice the legal profession provided legal aid to those in need of members of the public. The applications were addressed to the local district bar and, if successful, the district bar would find a lawyer to represent them. Legal aid: Legal aid is government funding to pay for legal aid for people who cannot afford a lawyer. Subsidies in criminal matters: legal aid in criminal matters.
Family allowances: legal aid for family disputes or problems that may be brought before the courts, including disputes relating to relational property, maintenance or maintenance of children and custody of children, protection orders, adoption, paternity, etc. Civil grants: legal aid for civil disputes or problems that may be brought before the courts or a tribunal. These include debt collection, breach of contract, defamation and insolvency proceedings. This also includes proceedings before courts or specialised courts. Waitangi Tribunal: legal aid for proceedings before the Waitangi Tribunal. Find out what help you can get if you are involved in litigation or difficulties. LAPA`s mission statement on its website is „to improve access to justice by providing cost-effective and high-quality legal aid through effective systems and supportive industrial relations.“  Legal aid is an important part of the New Zealand justice system.