People receiving criminal legal aid in New Zealand

By gender, year ended June 2010–2019, number of people


Since mid-2018, gender is no longer collected on the criminal legal aid application form.
Since late-2017, gender is no longer collected on the family legal aid and the civil legal aid application forms.


Legal aid: Legal aid is government funding to pay for legal help for people who cannot afford a lawyer.
Criminal grants: Legal aid granted in respect of criminal matters.
Family grants: Legal aid available for family disputes or problems that could go to court, including disputes over relationship property, child support or maintenance, and care of children, protection orders, adoption, paternity etc.
Civil grants: Legal aid available for civil disputes or problems that could go to court or a tribunal. This includes debt recovery, breaches of contract, defamation, and bankruptcy proceedings. It also includes proceedings before tribunals or specialist courts.
Waitangi Tribunal: Legal Aid Services for Proceedings before Waitangi Tribunal

Data calculation/treatment

Ethnicity data are taken from Legal Aid application form submitted.
Age is computed from the day of birth of the applicant to the day the application was approved.
Regions are classified as per NZ Stats regions. A region is based on the lawyer's location because this is usually the best indicator. Grants described as having no region do not have a region recorded in our database.

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Limitations of the data

Information on expenditure is not available by region because the Ministry's financial system does not categorise expenditure by region.

Data provided by

Ministry of Justice

Dataset name

Justice Statistics: Legal aid grants 2019


How to find the data

At URL provided, under the heading Justice Services, download 'View or download the legal aid data tables' file.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Justice Statistics: Legal aid grants 2019

From the dataset Justice Statistics: Legal aid grants 2019, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: 3.Grants by gender
  • Range: B7:K40
  • Provided: 200 data points

This data forms the table Justice - Legal Aid grants, by gender 2010–2019.

Method of collection/Data provider