6 Oct 2010

Auckland lawyers banned from legal aid work

8:05 pm on 6 October 2010

Legal aid listings for three Auckland lawyers have been cancelled after they failed to meet the standards and obligations required.

The Legal Services Agency says Iuni Sapolu, Josie Fuimaono-Sapolu and Brett Ravelich can no longer provide legal aid services.

General manager Stuart White says it is the first time the agency has taken such a step, but will not say what caused the lawyers to be removed.

Mr White says it will be part of an ongoing policy to publish the names of lawyers as and when they are cancelled from legal aid services.

Mr says the agency is working to improve the quality of legal aid following Dame Margaret Bazley's review of the system.

Dame Margaret's review found significant issues with the quality of services, as well as with the mechanisms to manage the quality and efficiency of those services.

Mr White says the majority of the 3000 legal aid lawyers provide very good service and act with integrity.