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Communtity Law Manual | Legal Aid & other legal help | You and your Legal Aid lawyer

Family/civil Legal Aid: For non-criminal cases

You and your Legal Aid lawyer

Yes. It’s up to you to find a Legal Aid lawyer to represent you for your family or civil case. You can choose a lawyer based on your own knowledge or experience or on other people’s recommendations, or you may be able to get a list of lawyers from your local Community Law Centre, Citizens Advice Bureau or the Law Society.

Note: You should ask the lawyer you approach whether they do Legal Aid work for your specific type of legal problem.

If you’re unhappy with the Legal Aid lawyer that’s been assigned to you, discuss your concerns with the lawyer first.

If that doesn’t sort things out, contact Legal Aid Services at the Ministry of Justice. In rare cases, a new lawyer may be assigned to you if there is a good reason for this.

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