Quake legal aid request to be further considered

11:13 am on 22 August 2011

The families of some Christchurch earthquake victims say the Attorney General will give further consideration to their request for legal assistance.

The Government has so far refused to fund legal representation for the families at the Royal Commission inquiring into the failure of buildings in the quakes.

Three cabinet ministers met with about 70 family members in Christchurch on Sunday afternoon to hear their latest request for legal assistance.

The co-chair of the group Quake Families, Maan Alkaisi, whose wife died in the Canterbury Television (CTV) building, says the families argued they needed legal representation out of respect for the victims of the disaster.

The families say being represented by a liaison officer during the Royal Commission is not working for them.

Mr Alkaisi says it is not good enough that the liaison officer appointed to represent them is not a lawyer and has no engineering knowledge for technical issues.

Attorney General Chris Finlayson says he will turn his mind to the families' request and provide them with an answer in the next few weeks.