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.

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

Email: lsc@justice.govt.nz

Postal address:
Legal Services Commissioner
SX10125
Wellington

For queries regarding statutory land charges, caveats or legal aid debt, please contact the Debt Management Group:

Phone: 0800 600 090
Email: legalaiddebt@justice.govt.nz

Or for general legal aid enquiries:

Phone (toll free): 0800 2 LEGAL AID (0800 253 425)

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