Consultation on new family and civil legal aid form

Closed 11 Oct 2017

Opened 21 Sep 2017


Legal aid is an important part of New Zealand's justice system. It helps people to resolve legal problems that may go to court and makes sure that people are not denied justice because they can't afford a lawyer.

Family and civil legal aid covers a wide range of disputes that may go to court, such as parenting arrangements, protection orders and mental health proceedings.

This consultation sought feedback on a proposed new application form for civil and family legal aid. The new form - which replaced five different application and supplementary forms - was designed to be easier for our customers to use and to enable us to process applications faster.

The feedback we received helped ensure the new form, which was finalised in early November 2017, was fit for purpose.

The new form, more information about it and a summary of submissions are available on the Ministry of Justice website.


  • Legal aid providers
  • General public


  • Legal aid