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14,206 open family legal aid cases

10 August 2017

At 31 July 2017 there were 14,206 open family legal aid cases, Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell says.

Mr Mitchell provided details of the cases in response to a series of written parliamentary questions from MP David Clendon.

Mr Clendon also asked for the average number of open family legal aid cases per solicitor (which Mr Mitchell says has been interpreted to be all lawyers (including both solicitors and barristers) approved to provide legal aid services.

Open Family Legal Aid cases, 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017
RegionOpen CasesAverage Open/Lawyer
Auckland320735
Bay of Plenty139234
Canterbury158429
Gisborne27233
Hawke's Bay60638
Manawatu-Whanganui87842
Marlborough7221
Nelson39426
Northland88157
Otago61125
Southland31122
Taranaki49232
Waikato170847
Wellington175734
West Coast4128
Total14206 

*At 31 July 2017; **Data only includes cases open from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

Information provided in response to further questions from Mr Clendon on the number of solicitors providing legal aid services who have rendered an invoice in the last six months and the number of solicitors providing family legal aid services who have rendered an invoice in the last six months shows that 11.3% of invoices received by legal aid services in the period from 1 January to 30 June 2017 were for family legal aid services.

Invoices received by Legal Aid Services 1 January to 30 June 2017
RegionTotalFamily Legal Aid% Total
Auckland708288312.5%
Bay of Plenty36603469.5%
Canterbury330340512.3%
Gisborne5588515.2%
Hawke's Bay152515610.2%
Manawatu-Whanganui183419010.4%
Marlborough1392518.0%
Nelson85811913.9%
Northland18031508.3%
Otago105115514.7%
Southland4108220.0%
Taranaki103212011.6%
Waikato38893619.3%
Wellington350037010.6%
West Coast802025.0%
Total30724346711.3%

Note that data is subject to change as new data is recorded and/or recoded.

In the year to 30 June 2017, 777 lawyers were granted approval to provide family legal aid services, Mr Mitchell says, in response to a further question.

Lawyers granted approval to provide family legal aid services, year to 30 June 2017
RegionNew family providerRe-approved as family providerTotal% Total
Auckland2817420226.0%
Bay of Plenty20658510.9%
Canterbury16648010.3%
Gisborne414182.3%
Hawke's Bay329324.1%
Manawatu-Whanganui239415.3%
Marlborough1670.9%
Nelson425293.7%
Northland329324.1%
Otago542476.0%
Southland619253.2%
Taranaki721273.5%
Waikato1559749.5%
Wellington1757749.5%
West Coast0220.3%
Total132645777100.0%

Note that data is subject to change as new data is recorded and/or recoded.

In the year to 30 June 2017, Mr Mitchell says there were 155 applications for approval as a new family legal aid provider (indicating that 85.2% of applications were successful) and 653 applications for re-approval as a family legal aid provider (a success rate of 98.8%).

Last updated on the 10th August 2017