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  • The 2023 budget did not provide increases in legal aid funding, particularly the duty lawyer rate remained frozen at its 2006 rate. A Special General Meeting of CBA will be called to discuss action and to consider legal advise regarding professional obligations while pursuing this campaign.


  • In November 2022 a CBA group met with the Minister of Justice to discuss topics including; legal aid, name suppression, judicial resources, name suppression and prisoner issues.
  • Following the 2022 CBA meet with the Legal Services Commissioners to raise concerns that the announced budget increases to legal aid were not resulting in substantial increases to legal aid and particularly noted the low rates for duty solicitors and fixed fees. 
  • Successful CBA Conference in Auckland 5 - 7 August, this included the new Minister of Justice the Honourable Kiri Allan, the Chief Justice Justice Winkelmann , Justice Kos, President Cooper, Chief High Court Judge Thomas and Chief District Court Judge Taumaunu.  Conference Dinner at the Auckland Museum.
  • CBA has appeared in Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as intervenor on issues including murder sentencing and access to mental health services and hopes to appear in further cases in 2023.
  • CBA making submissions to parliamentary select committees and participating in the CPIP workstream consultation process and contributing to  High Court Disclosure working group.

CBA Political Panel: Party Crime Policy

22 Sep 2023

With Associate Professor and AUT Dean of Law Khylee Quince & Professor Kris Gledhill 

 Date: Thursday 5 October 2023

Time: 6:30pm - 8pm (6pm doors open)

Venue: AUT City Campus, WG126, map attached

Food: Light refreshments provided by CBA


RSVP to by Wed 27 September for catering purposes



National - Paul Goldsmith (Justice spokesperson) 

ACT - Todd Stephenson (4th ACT list candidate)

Greens - Golriz Ghahraman (Justice spokesperson) 

Te Pati Māori - Takutai Kemp (Tāmaki Makaurau)

TOP - Shai Navot (former Crown prosecutor) 

Labour - Vanushi Walters (former Human Rights lawyer)

NZ First - TBC 


Media have confirmed attendance



CBA Political Panel - Live stream 


Thank you to everyone who has contacted us about this event. Due to the level of interest from members outside of Auckland, we are going to live stream the full event from the CBA Facebook page (Criminal Bar Association NZ) as well as have a zoom link available for members to view the event. Link below:


Meeting ID: 899 1794 2187

Passcode: 194200




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