Issues surrounding legal aid

Leah Trass made this Official Information request to New Zealand Law Society

New Zealand Law Society did not have the information requested.

From: Leah Trass

Dear New Zealand Law Society,

1.How many complaints have been received in relation to individuals having issues seeking legal representation or having difficulties gaining legal aid to have matters heard in family court? Please be specific?
2.Other than numbers of registered lawyers who accept legal aid cases how sure are you that these firms are accepting the number seeking such representation?.
3.Have you sort numbers of cases being currently refused for legal aid , family court and on what grounds? Or lawyers have turned away due to them being legally aided clients?

I acknowledge that the NZ law society are not subject to the OIA,however it would be greatly appreciated if these questions could be answered.

Yours faithfully,

Leah Trass

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From: Bronwyn Jones
New Zealand Law Society

Dear Leah

Thank you for your email.

You have correctly pointed out that the Law Society is not subject to the Official Information Act.

We do not have statistics in relation to any of your questions. However, we have recently expressed concern to the Ministry of Justice regarding access to justice in the family area (see our submission ).

I am sorry that we cannot assist you further in relation to your queries.

Kind regards


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