Legal aid payments published

The Ministry of Justice has published information on legal aid payments to firms in the 2017/18 financial year.

Acting Legal Services Commissioner Sarah Turner says the data shows payments to 1,205 firms whose legal aid lawyers undertook work on a range of cases in the criminal, civil and family courts and a number of specialist courts and tribunals. The Ministry’s Annual Report shows $160 million was spent on legal aid, an increase of $16 million on the year before.

“Legal aid ensures people who cannot pay for a lawyer are provided with legal representation in court. We proactively publish this information once a year to ensure transparency and accountability of the spending of what is a significant amount of public money.”

There are about 1900 lawyers approved to provide legal aid services working for firms or for themselves, as a firm in their own right.

Information on payments are available here:

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