You can only provide legal aid services if you’ve been approved and entered into an agreement with the Secretary to do so.
To be approved, you must provide sufficient information to satisfy the criteria set out in the Legal Services Act 2011 and the Legal Services (Quality Assurance) Regulations 2011.
Before you apply, please take the time to read the Applying to be a legal aid provider – Step-by-step guide. This guide will help you to determine what sections of the form you need to complete and what supporting documents you need to provide. It also provides information about the application process and what to expect.
Applications must be submitted in the prescribed manner. All applications need to be completed digitally using the below PDF forms and submitted electronically by email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with any supporting information. Applications that are not submitted in the prescribed manner, which includes hand written applications and/ or scanned applications, will not be accepted.
Applicants can apply to provide legal aid services in the following areas of law:
Applicants can also apply for approval to provide the following specialised legal services:
There are different types of approval depending on your level of legal experience and the circumstances of your application.
Lead provider approval is granted to applicants who can demonstrate they have the knowledge, experience and skill across the area(s) of law they’re approved in. The lead provider is responsible for all work undertaken on the legal aid cases that are assigned to them.
Supervised provider approval is granted to applicants who haven’t yet demonstrated they have the required knowledge, experience and skill to be approved as a lead provider. The Secretary will grant approval provided the applicant is under the supervision of an approved lead provider.
Limited approval is granted to applicants who wish to seek approval for a proceeding or type of proceeding. This approval is granted to provide continuity of services, because of their specialist skills and experience or a shortage of existing providers with the necessary skills and experience.
All applications for lead provider approval will be referred to the relevant Selection Committee for their consideration and recommendation to the Secretary.
Additional information on how the Selection Committee assesses applications can also be found here:
Please see the list of Selection Committee meetings for the 2020 calendar year below:
|Legal jurisdiction||Dates (TBC)|
|Criminal provider approval level 1-4|
|Police Detention Legal Assistance|
|Court of Appeal and Supreme Court|
|Family Legal Advice Service|
|Refugees and Immigration|
|Māori Land Court|
|Māori Appellate Court|