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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.

May 2021

01 May 2021

  • CBA has confirmed an interesting and impressive list of speakers for the Annual conference and early bird bookings are now open.
  • CBA has participated in the Tomo Mai project which was set up by the Heads of Bench to make recommendations about making the court system more inclusive.
  • CBA is having regular monthly meetings with other professional bodies including NZLS, ADLS, NZ Bar Association. Issues include; Te Ao Marama Courts, Trial delays, Pressures on practitioners, Legal aid funding and access to justice, defective court buildings including mould and spore issues in Auckland area, reform of 3 strikes legislation and Judicial misconduct.
  • CBA is encouraging more membership by providing lower fees for newer lawyers and group discounts for organisations.
  • CBA has responded to the  Commissioner of Police’s  invitation to discuss issues Police surveillance and the need to protect civil liberties. A meeting with CBA and the commissioner is to be scheduled.
  • CBA Professor Kris Gledhill followed up his popular  2019 sentencing roadshow with a bail roadshow in March and April 2021 which was well received,
  • CBA committee meets monthly normally on the first Wednesday of the month at 530 pm via zoom. We welcome new committee member Aysser Al-Janabi.


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