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Accessing Legal Services

Summary

One of the first steps that most people take when they find themselves in a dispute, is trying to find quality legal assistance at a price they can afford. This step can be difficult and stressful. Understanding the barriers to accessing legal services, and the reasons for them, will help advance access to justice policy in the New Zealand. We also see a place for experimenting with new ways of presenting civil justice system information to the public.

“Accessing Legal Services” is a research theme for a number of smaller projects which investigate topics including the availability of free and low-cost legal services; the practice of pro-bono legal services; and the public’s experience of working with lawyers. We are also producing a series of animated videos to explain key aspects of civil litigation to lay users of the court system. 

Related centre objective

"To carry out research on legal issues relating to how a more accessible, affordable and efficient legal system can be created for the benefit of all citizens."

"To influence policy development and implementation in order to achieve better legal outcomes for all citizens."