New Zealand: Legal aid changes are just around the corner

February 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm 1 comment

New Zealand’s Justice minister Simon Power indicated that soon there will be changes in the country’s legal aid system. Not surprisingly the rush is predominantly ignited by budgetary concerns:

“But it’s very clear we cannot afford to ignore the enormous cost pressures the legal aid system is facing, which is why I will soon be announcing changes to help meet an expected $402 million funding gap over the next five years, while ensuring access to justice is maintained.”

It is not clear what measures would be considered to fill the gap but there are signals that the self-contribution of to the cost of legal aid might be re-introduced. Another area of potential savings is criminal justice, although Mr. Power recognizes that the system funding is entirely demand driven. To that respect, interesting but gruel fact is that 40% of all Maori males had served prison terms or served a community sentence. Apparently, this bears a huge price tag for the indigenous communities and the society.

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Entry filed under: Access to Justice, Funding, New Zealand.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. mehranaali755  |  February 23, 2011 at 5:11 am

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