Legal Assistance (Sustainability) Amendment Bill misleading (16 February 2012

By: The Law Report  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Law Society

NZ Law Society

Added: Feb 17, 2012

A bill proposing controls on legal aid in Family Courts proceedings is misleading about the savings it will deliver and should be deferred until a report on a major review of the Family Courts is presented to the Minister of Justice in March.

New Zealand Law Society President Jonathan Temm has told Parliament’s Justice and Electoral Committee that New Zealanders were being misled about the economic efficiencies that would be delivered by the Legal Assistance (Sustainability) Amendment Bill.

“We will not make these savings. There has been no social policy work done on the impact of this bill on children and other vulnerable groups. The Ministry of Justice has focused purely on perceived economic benefit,” Mr Temm said.

Keywords: Law Society

Other news and updates from The Law Report

05-Apr-2012

News | The Law Report

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson and Associate Finance Minister Jonathan Coleman said today’s High Court judgment on the judicial review of Shanghai Pengxin’s bid to acquire the 16 Crafar farms provides a new judicial interpretation of complex legislation.


05-Apr-2012

The Electronic Identity Verification Bill (15 February 2012

The Electronic Identity Verification Bill is part of a wider project of enabling people to securely access government services online.


05-Apr-2012

Legal Assistance (Sustainability) Amendment Bill will impact access to justice (16 February 2012

Ms Hannan says there is a wrongful presumption behind the Bill that anyone applying for family legal aid was automatically making an application to the Family Courts. Changes to family legal aid proposed in a bill before Parliament will have a major impact on access to justice, the New Zealand Law Society says.