Legal Services Committee
The Legal Services Committee monitors proposals that affect the operation of the legal aid system, including proposed legislative reforms. Members are typically practitioners who are criminal, civil, family, Waitangi and refugee legal aid providers
The Legal Services Committee (LSC) is a longstanding Law Society committee. It began as a generalist committee looking at the provision of a broad range of legal services; however over time – especially after the introduction of the Legal Services Act 2000 – it has taken on a significant legal aid focus.
In recent years the committee has fought hard on behalf of lawyers and their clients to promote an effective and meaningful legal aid system in New Zealand and to ensure access to justice for New Zealanders.
Liz Bulger is the convenor of the LSC. Liz’s practice is principally in criminal law but she also undertakes work in the Youth Court, the Coroner’s Court and in other quasi-judicial tribunals. She also undertakes Parole Board assignments and has on several occasions been appointed as Counsel to assist the Court at Youth Court, District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal levels.
The membership of the LSC is made up of experienced practitioners:
- Kerryn Beaton
- Anna Fuiava
- Elizabeth Hall
- David More
- Campbell Savage
- Ingrid Squire
- Louise Sziranyi
NZLS contact: Amanda Frank, Law Reform Adviser (Dunstan Blay, parental leave cover 2019)
DX SP20202 or PO Box 5041, Wellington 6145
In the past 18 months, the LSC has continued to monitor the delivery of legal aid. The LSC has had ongoing communication with the Ministry of Justice to resolve many practical issues relating to administration of the legal aid regime.
The LSC also contributed to NZLS submissions on proposed changes to limited and temporary approvals in the Legal Aid Provider Manual, and revisions to the Provider Contract for Services and Practice Standards. In addition, the LSC, working with the NZLS Criminal Law Committee, commented on the Court of Appeal revised Criminal Electronic Document Protocol.
Appointments are made to this committee biennially. If you have a passion for law reform, skills, interest and expertise in legal aid and the time and energy to commit, then get involved.
Membership of this committee allows you to play an important role in legal aid law reform and is an excellent basis for professional development as well as collegiality and networking.
Additionally, substantive contribution to NZLS law reform may count towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Applications for the 2017 appointment round have closed. The next appointment round will be in mid-2019.
Last updated on the 25th January 2019