Maori Land Court - Special Aid Fund

Friday March 14, 2014

Māori Land Court - Special Aid Fund

The Māori Land Court (Court) has a Special Aid Fund that is available to those utilising the services of the Court. 

A party to a Court hearing may apply to the Court for the appointment of a barrister or solicitor.  You can apply to the Court before or after work has been undertaken however the Court may decline to apply funds to work that has already been undertaken.  The Fund is used to pay the reasonable legal cost or the reasonable out-of-pocket expenses of any person or class of person heard or represented in any proceedings before the Court or any barrister or solicitor appointed to assist the court. 

If you are granted funds from the Special Aid Fund you may not apply for or be granted assistance under the Legal Services Act 2000 for the same matter.  The Court when granting funds may make a charging order over your property in respect of all or part of the grant fixing the terms and conditions on which the amount charged is to be repaid.

If you are engaged in proceedings in the Court you may want to consider making an application to the Special Aid Fund to assist with legal fees.  We have experience in assisting clients to make such applications. 

If you would like to discuss this with a lawyer, please contact Te Rangimarie Williams on (07) 928 0194 or

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