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New Blenheim Branch!
People on low incomes wanting access to justice for family and employment matters in Marlborough will benefit from our new branch.
Opening soon, the branch office will be at 13 Charles Street, where the Red Cross shop used to be.
Some staff from Christchurch will be operating at the branch but a local manager and lawyers will be employed within six months.
The branch will give Marlborough access to seven more legal aid lawyer and should mitigate the problems the area has faced because of high demand.
Appearing in Court
Lawyers Tania Williams Blyth, Kiriana Tan and retired Family Court Judge, John Adams, scripted and produced a series of videos with funding from the New Zealand Law Foundation and supported by the University of Waikato's Te Piringa - Faculty of Law.
The 2017 Arbitrators and Mediators Conference will be held in Auckland on 27 July. The theme is Ready, Set, Grow and once again we are proud to be involved in this excellent and popular event.
Erin Ebborn attended both the 2015 and 2016 conferences and has reflected on the high quality of the material presented and the huge potential in this country for mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Whether you’re an arbitrator, mediator, conciliator, adjudicator, expert determiner, working with these processes, or simply interested in dispute resolution – Ready, Set, Grow for the AMINZ Conference.
Click on the logo above to visit the AMINZ website and find out more.
Ebborn Law received a surprise thank you from the family violence sector, being presented with a taonga in the form of a double koru by the Chair of the Canterbury Family Violence Collective.
The Canterbury Family Violence Collaboration is a community of over forty organisations and agencies that work within the wider family violence sector in Canterbury.
The members work to improve and enhance the total response to family violence through system-wide innovation and improvement.
As part of our ongoing commitment to delivering access to justice, Ebborn Law developed Project Wheel - a holistic methodology to identify our client's vulnerabilities and offer to link them into appropriate community-based social services.
Take a look at the work of the Canterbury Family Violence Collective here.
A national organisation has been launched with the aim of helping law firms who look after legal aid clients improve their efficiency and business operations.
Legal Aid Providers Aotearoa (LAPA) is the brainchild of Christchurch family lawyer Erin Ebborn, of Ebborn Law, and her CEO Jarrod Coburn.
The cooperative, which will consist of law firms who provide significant levels of legal aid, aims to help members by sharing know-how and skills in areas such as business operations, technology and change management.
"LAPA is the result of a good year's worth of thinking and planning," says Erin Ebborn, "We are very excited about the potential this organisation will have, particularly for the end-user of legal aid."
The organisation has approached 136 law firms across the country that are representative of most urban and rural areas. The first event of LAPA, where membership for the 2017/18 year will be determined, will be held in Christchurch on 1 July 2017.
More information about LAPA can be found at www.legalaid.org.nz.
Visiting Family in Prison
On 1 September 2016 the Department of Corrections changed their policy about who can visit someone in prison. If there previously was a parenting order that provided for children to have contact with someone in prison then that contact could usually occur without an issue.
The changes mean that anybody (child or adult) who wishes to have contact with someone in prison, must now be approved as a visitor. Contact includes phone contact, as well as written contact such as letters and cards.
Click here to find out more information.
Family Law Workshops
Last year, in partnership with Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) and supported by the New Zealand Law Foundation, Ebborn Law delivered a series of intensive four-hour workshops to a broad range of staff from social support and community services. We ran these workshops in Bulls, Rotorua, Whakatane, Gisborne, South Auckland, Christchurch and Nelson. A workshop is planned this year for Northland.
Local workshops received positive support from other agencies as well, particularly the Rotorua District Community Law Centre and Rotorua Safer Families - Te Waiariki Purea, Baywide Community Law, Tairāwhiti Community Law Centre and Family Works.
Visit our Useful Info page for the information provided on the Family Justice System. We want to thank the participants for attending and engaging with us during the workshops, and our supporters SSPA and the NZ Law Foundation for providing this opportunity to promote legal education.
Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi.
Our website contains all the information presented to social service and community providers during the 2016 workshop series. This has been made available through the support of NZ Law Foundation funding.
This information is provided under a Creative Commons license, so you can distribute it however you wish. We do ask you note it came from us, as this information is subject to change from time-to-time.
How Much Does it Cost to See a Lawyer? Maybe not as much as you think, as the government provides assistance for some people through Legal Aid and FLAS. Here are the costs of initially talking to a lawyer:
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