Get legal aid

Legal aid may be available for people who need a lawyer but cannot afford one, and are:

  • charged with a criminal offence
  • involved in a family dispute that goes to court (such as care of children)
  • involved in a civil matter (such as a dispute over money, housing, ACC or a job)
  • a victim of a violent offence wanting to apply for a civil non-contact order.

Criminal legal aid

Find out more about legal aid for a criminal matter:

Family or civil legal aid

Legal aid may be available for some family disputes and problems - as well as for civil disputes.

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