78 Selection committees

(1)

The Secretary may establish 1 or more selection committees to—

(a)

assess applications for approval to provide legal aid services or specified legal services; and

(b)

advise the Secretary of the suitability of those applicants.

(2)

The Secretary—

(a)

must appoint a representative from the Ministry as chairperson of the committee; and

(b)

must appoint to the committee a lawyer—

(i)

from a group of lawyers nominated by the New Zealand Law Society as being suitable for appointment to the committee; and

(ii)

who the Secretary is satisfied is suitable for appointment and has expertise in the areas of law relevant to the committee’s work; and

(c)

may appoint any other suitably qualified people to the committee whom the Secretary thinks fit.