One way that we ensure the quality of legal aid services is through investigating complaints about the provision of legal aid services. We assess complaints received about legal aid lawyers through the Ministry's complaints management process. If an investigation proceeds on a complaint made against a legal aid lawyer, we will notify the lawyer in writing and seek their response to the allegations made by the complainant.
Clients and others can also complain about the performance of a legal aid lawyer to the New Zealand Law Society(external link).
The Law Society will tell the Ministry if it upholds a complaint.
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