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Legal aid per provider average payment up slightly

31 October 2016

Information released by the Ministry of Justice shows that the average gross legal aid payment to listed providers in the year to 30 June 2016 was $111.371.72 - up on the average of $106,385.58 in the previous year.

However, the information also shows that the median gross payment was $73,528.42 and just under 38% of listed providers received payments of less than $50,000.

The amounts paid include fees claimed on behalf of other listed providers, plus disbursements for general office costs, travel costs, and special disbursements - which include fees for agents, expert witnesses, forensic tests, interpreters and special reports (such as medical and valuation reports). 

In the year to 30 June 2016, total payments to listed providers were $134,759,778.10, to 1210 providers. This was up 3.5% on payments of $130,215,953.30 to 1224 listed providers in the year to 30 June 2015.

Gross Legal Aid Payments to Listed Providers, year to 30 June 2016
Value of paymentProviders% TotalTotal payments% Total
$1,000,000 or more40.3% $           5,347,566.47 4.0%
$500,000 to $999,999221.8% $        15,288,739.96 11.3%
$200,000 to $499,99915813.1% $        44,627,150.81 33.1%
$100,000 to $199,99928023.1% $        38,551,807.99 28.6%
$50,000 to $99,99929224.1% $        21,530,333.84 16.0%
$30,000 to $49,99914612.1% $           5,720,954.00 4.2%
$10,000 to $29,99915612.9% $           3,000,217.43 2.2%
$0 to $9,99915212.6% $              693,007.60 0.5%
     
Total1210100.0% $      134,759,778.10 100.0%

When compared to the previous year's payments, the number of providers who received total payments of less than $50,000 has declined, from 39.7% to 37.5%.

Gross Legal Aid Payments to Listed Providers, year to 30 June 2015
Value of paymentProviders% TotalTotal payments% Total
$1,000,000 or more60.5% $                7,349,606.45 5.6%
$500,000 to $999,999201.6% $              14,088,259.30 10.8%
$200,000 to $499,99913511.0% $              39,389,948.06 30.2%
$100,000 to $199,99927022.0% $              37,358,320.20 28.7%
$50,000 to $99,99930725.1% $              22,403,098.70 17.2%
$30,000 to $49,99914111.5% $                5,553,687.00 4.3%
$10,000 to $29,99917414.2% $                3,412,648.55 2.6%
$0 to $9,99917114.0% $                   660,385.01 0.5%
     
Total1224100.0%$130,215,953.30100.0%


Since 2012, gross legal aid payments per provider have risen as the number of providers has declined:

Average Gross Legal Aid Payments to Listed Providers, year to 30 June
Year to 30 JunePaymentsProvidersAverage Per Provider
2016 $                134,759,778.10 1210 $            111,371.72
2015 $               130,215,953.30 1224 $            106,385.58
2014 $               124,580,223.80 1240 $            100,467.92
2013 $               130,258,884.90 1311 $              99,358.42
2012 $               148,306,784.40 1737 $              85,380.99
2011 $               154,090,071.30 1488 $            103,555.16

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Last updated on the 3rd November 2016