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The Māori Land Court

The hearing

Do I need to appear at the hearing?

Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, s 70

If you’re the applicant you can appear at the hearing with any support people you want to bring with you. You have the right to appear in the court in person, or you can be represented by a lawyer or, if the court allows it, some other person.

Note: Contact your case manager at the court if you’re unable to appear or if you want someone else to appear for you.

Do I need a lawyer to apply for me or to appear for me at the hearing?

No, not necessarily. You may need a lawyer or other official to witness parts of your application or if you have to swear an affidavit.

The court staff will let you know if you may need a lawyer for your particular kind of application.

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