77 Approval

(1)

The Secretary may give a person approval to provide 1 or more legal aid services or specified legal services if the Secretary is satisfied that the person meets the criteria prescribed in regulations.

(2)

The Secretary may impose conditions on the approval. The conditions that may be imposed are those prescribed in regulations.

(3)

The approval—

(a)

must be in writing:

(b)

must state the conditions, if any, of the approval:

(c)

must state the duration of the approval:

(d)

must state the particular legal aid services or specified legal services that the provider is approved to provide:

(e)

does not confer an entitlement on the provider to provide the services to which the approval relates.

(4)

The Secretary must provide reasons for his or her decision to give or decline approval.

(5)

The Secretary may give a person a temporary approval to provide 1 or more legal aid services or specified legal services if—

(a)

the person has applied for approval to provide those services; and

(b)

the Secretary considers that giving the temporary approval is necessary to meet a need for those services.

(6)

Subsections (2) and (3) apply to a temporary approval as if it were an approval.

(7)

The Secretary must, after giving an approval or temporary approval, give a copy of it to the New Zealand Law Society.

Section 77(2): amended, on 2 September 2013, by section 18 of the Legal Services Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 43).