Biggest legal aid trough top-up in a decade: troughing lawyers want more

Legal aid lawyers do not believe the government’s biggest top-up to the courts in more than a decade will help the people who need it most.

Presumably they are talking about themselves.

They, and community law centres, have been crying out for more funding for years.

Promising a $96 million boost to legal aid over four years as part of last week’s Budget, Associate Justice Minister Simon Bridges said he had listened.

The funding included $17.2 million to increase eligibility for civil and family legal aid. ?

“Civil and family legal aid helps people apply for protection orders, agree on parenting arrangements, settle employment disputes, and access many other types of court proceedings.

“Increasing eligibility will help 2700 additional New Zealanders each year by 2018/19.”

The extra money would lead to fewer people having to represent themselves, and the whole system would be more efficient, he said.

Community law centres would receive a $4.3m boost, which Mr Bridges said would maintain their annual support level of about $11m.

So it is about them…dressed up to sound like they are caring. I reckon bigger savings could be made by setting fixed fees for cases on a schedule. I think we’d find the courts empty out as forlorn cases are dealt with quickly to maximise the fee.

Also putting in ?place the ability for lawyers to charge on a no win no fee basis. Currently the only people winning are lawyers…they get paid no matter what. There is no risk and plenty of reward for them. Real estate agents and commission sales people are paid on success, I don’t see why layers shouldn’t operate this way too.


– RadioNZ