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New cooperative of law firms providing legal aid

Wednesday, May 24, 2017   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: services, law, support

Legal Aid Providers Aotearoa (LAPA).A national cooperative of law firms has been launched to assist people to access legal aid lawyers and support the law firms who provide legal aid.

Legal Aid Providers Aotearoa (LAPA) has approached 136 law firms around New Zealand who provide legal aid to join the cooperative. LAPA is holding a summit in July 2017 for the law firms invited to join the new cooperative. Law firms who join LAPA will sign a charter and be listed on the LAPA website.

The NZ Law Society reported that LAPA Acting Secretary Jarrod Coburn said "LAPA will be a valuable resource for people who need access to justice, with an 0800 number and website designed to assist in finding a legal aid lawyer quickly."

The idea for LAPA came from Christchurch family lawyer Erin Ebborn from Ebborn Law. Ms Ebborn said "Up until now it has been very difficult for the public to identify and locate lawyers committed to delivering legal aid. So the major beneficiaries of this cooperative will be social services and other organisations who work with people on low incomes, and the likes of women's refuges who regularly seek urgent legal intervention for their clients."

Visit the Legal Aid Providers Aoteaora website to find out about legal aid near you. A list of LAPA law firms will be available from Monday 3rd July 2017.

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