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  • Community Law - provides legal information, education, legal advice
  • Citizens Advice Bureaus - they can assist with information about the law with some able to provide initial legal advice and they offer referrals
  • Youth Law - free legal services for children and young people
Legal Aid

Links for various proceedings

New Zealand Courts

General Courts - 4 levels
  • District Court (hears both civil and criminal matters)
  • High Court (hears major crimes and more significant civil claims)
  • Appeal Court (hears appeals from High Court, District Courts and the Employment Court)
  • Supreme Court (hears appeals for significant civil and criminal cases)
Specialist Courts

Includes: disputes, motor vehicle, human rights, tenancy, real estate agents, accident compensation and waitangi tribunals.

For information on the various tribunals click here.

Getting your affidavit witnessed

Where to go to get your affidavit sworn/ affirmed

An affidavit, setting out your evidence or statement, may be either sworn on oath or by way of affirmation before an authorised person.

  • Oath - is sworn on a religious book such as the Bible or Qur’an.
  • Affirmation - is an oral statement declaring that the written contents are true, instead of taking an oath
How to find an authorised person...

Getting a Divorce

Applying for a divorce in New Zealand - Click here

Dissolving a marriage or civil union’ is the legal term for divorce. The Family Court can end your marriage or civil union by making a Dissolution Order.

When you both agree to get a divorce - click here

Once you’ve decided if you want to appear in court or not, then you both need to fill in the forms. Joint Application Form

Apply for a divorce on your own - click here

If your ex-partner doesn’t want a divorce or they won’t agree to apply together or you don’t want to ask them to apply together, you can apply on your own. One Party Application Form. Find out how we can help.

Associations/ Regulatory Bodies

  • New Zealand Law Society - Established in 1869 the New Zealand Law Society is the parent body for barristers and solicitors in New Zealand that regulates all lawyers practising in New Zealand.
  • New Zealand Bar Association - promotes the interests of barristers and has a search feature for the public to find a barrister in New Zealand who has ...
  • NZ Law Association - an association of independent legal practices.
  • ADSL - The Auckland District Law Society is an independent membership organisation that connects the New Zealand legal profession.
  • New Zealand Society of Notaries - New Zealand lawyer authorised to officially witness signatures on legal documents, collect sworn statements, administer oaths and certify the authenticity of legal documents for use overseas.

Public Notaries

A notary public (sometimes called a notary or a public notary) in New Zealand is a lawyer authorised by the Archbishop of Canterbury in England to officially witness signatures on legal documents, collect sworn statements, administer oaths and certify the authenticity of legal documents for use overseas.

A notary public uses an embossing tool (seal) to verify their presence at the time the documents were signed. When visiting a notary public it is important to have formal identification with you ideally your passport or photo drivers licence.



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