Can I get legal aid to launch a Judicial Review claim?

Question Details: I have a claim that I would like to take to judicial review at the High Court. Is legal aid available for this kind of work? If not, is it likely I will be able to find a lawyer to take this kind of case pro bono?

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Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley

Yes, you may be able to get legal aid to bring judicial review proceedings in the High Court. Legal aid is possible for civil proceedings in the High Court, and judicial review is a type of civil proceeding. Whether you will actually get legal aid depends on your income, assets and how good your legal case is. Eligibility for civil legal aid is explained here: www.justice.govt.nz and www.communitylaw.org.nz.

The Ministry of Justice website provides further information on seeking legal aid, including how to find a lawyer who may be able to assist you: www.justice.govt.nz/services/legal-help/legal-aid/civil/legal-aid-for-people-involved-in-civil-disputes and www.justice.govt.nz.

You can also visit your local Community Law Centre for advice on your options: www.communitylaw.org.nz.

You may also be interested in recent reforms of legal aid: www.justice.govt.nz.

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