Legal Services Commissioner

The position of Legal Services Commissioner was established under the Legal Services Act 2011 which came into force on 1 July 2011.

Legal Services Act 2011 (external link)

The Act disestablished the Legal Services Agency, transferred the administration of legal aid to the Ministry of Justice and created the new position of Legal Services Commissioner. This person is an employee of the Ministry and also has the role of Deputy Secretary Legal and Operational Services.

The Commissioner has a number of functions which must be carried out independently of the Ministry, including:

  • granting legal aid
  • determining legal aid repayments
  • assigning legal aid providers or services
  • allocating legal aid cases to salaried lawyers, overseeing their conduct and managing their performance.

Contact the Legal Services Commissioner

Phone: 04 495 6571


Postal address:
Legal Services Commissioner

Write the address as written above and send it the same way as any other mail. You can use an NZ Post mail box. If you use a DX mail box your mail will get to us faster (external link)

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