Justice - Legal Aid grants expenditure, by legal aid type 2012–2020

Ministry of Justice


This data excludes excludes expenditure on the Duty Lawyer services, the Police Detention Legal Assistance service and the Family Legal Advice Service as these services are not delivered through grants of legal aid.


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

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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 2020



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 2020

From the dataset Justice Statistics: Legal aid grants 2020, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: 1.Total grants and expenditure
  • Range: C18:K22
  • Provided: 45 data points

Dataset originally released on:

September 15, 2020

Method of collection/Data provider