New Zealand Law Society - Consultation on new family and civil legal aid form

Consultation on new family and civil legal aid form

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The Legal Services Commissioner is seeking feedback on a proposed new family and civil legal aid application form.  

Currently, there are five different application and supplementary forms for family and civil legal aid, in varying lengths, that customers and providers are asked to fill in. The Commissioner is proposing to combine these forms into one.  

The new form will replace the following:

  • civil general application – form 5
  • family general application – form 6
  • mental health proceedings application – form 7
  • statement of financial position – form 17
  • trust form.

Legal Services Commissioner Bryre Patchell says the current forms contain redundant questions, ask for information that’s no longer required, and often double-up on information.

"I’m proposing one simplified form that’s designed to be easier for our customers to use and enable faster processing by the Ministry of Justice," says Mr Patchell.

"I’m seeking feedback to ensure the proposed form is fit for purpose and meets the needs of legal aid providers and their clients," she says.

To view the form and have your say, go to Consultation on new family and civil legal aid form.