Legal aid is government funding to pay for legal help for people who cannot afford a lawyer.
Legal aid is an important part of New Zealand's justice system. It helps people to resolve legal problems that may go to court and makes sure that people are not denied justice because they can't afford a lawyer.
People who get legal aid may have to pay a user charge and repay part or all of their legal aid costs.
Legal aid for people charged with criminal offences
Legal aid may be available for people who are charged with criminal offences and cannot afford their own lawyer.
Legal aid for people involved in family disputes
Legal aid may be available for people involved in family disputes that go to court (such as care of children) if they need a lawyer and cannot afford one.
Legal aid for people involved in civil matters
Legal aid may be available for people involved in civil matters (such as disputes over money, housing, ACC and jobs) if they need a lawyer and cannot afford one.
Legal aid may be available for victims of violent offences to apply for civil non-contact orders. Respondents to victims' orders may also be eligible.
Your legal aid lawyer
How to get a legal aid lawyer, what to expect from them, and how to complain.
Public Defence Service
Public Defence Service lawyers defend people on criminal charges who are eligible for legal aid.
Update April 2016: To help make our services easier to use we've launched a new, mobile-friendly website: