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MPs told police wait for child offenders to turn 14

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, April 21 NZPA - Police wait to deal with child offenders until they turn 14 because they prefer Youth Court processes to those in the Family Court, MPs were told today.

Labour welcomes legal aid changes

Labour welcomes legal aid changes
Wellington, April 8 NZPA - Proposed changes to the legal aid system have been welcomed by the Opposition.

Competency tests for legal aid funding

Competency tests for legal aid funding
Wellington, April 8 NZPA - It could be a year before legal aid lawyers face competency testing under reforms of legal aid services outlined by Justice Minister Simon Power yesterday.

Bank Raises Search And Surveillance Concerns

Wellington, Feb 25 NZPA - ANZ National Bank has joined the list of those concerned about aspects of a government bill giving police and other law enforcement agencies greater search and surveillance powers.

Ministers Work On Pro Bono Call

Ministers Work On Pro Bono Call
Wellington, Feb 22 NZPA - Justice Minister Simon Power and Attorney-General Chris Finlayson are working on a Law Society call for the Government to consider getting big law firms to do more pro bono work.

Legal Aid Lawyers May Face Competency Tests

Legal Aid Lawyers May Face Competency Tests
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Feb 11 NZPA - Under proposed changes, legal aid lawyers will have to face ongoing competency tests -- a possible world first -- and face faster removal if not up to the job, MPs were told today.

Power Says He'll Meet Aggrieved Lawyers

Power Says He'll Meet Aggrieved Lawyers
Wellington, Dec 10 NZPA - Justice Minister Simon Power says he is prepared to meet Manukau lawyers who are upset about Dame Margaret Bazley's report on the legal aid system.

Minister Pledges To Fix Legal Aid Problems

Minister Pledges To Fix Legal Aid Problems
Wellington, Nov 27 NZPA - Legal aid is in for a major overhaul after a damning review report and a commitment from the Government to fix the serious problems it identified.

Surveillance Bill Goes Too Far, Select Committee Told

Wellington, Oct 22 NZPA - Lawyers and human rights advocates have spoken out against a government bill giving police and other law enforcement agencies greater search and surveillance powers.

Law Society Wants Provocation To Stay

Wellington, Oct 20 NZPA - Despite a parliamentary committee recommending the partial defence of provocation should be abolished the Law Society wants it to stay.

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