This section has resources for Police Detention Legal Assistance (PDLA) providers. It includes information about the operation of the PDLA service and responsibilities of PDLA providers.
The PDLA service operates under the authority of the Secretary for Justice as a specified legal service pursuant to s 68(2)(b) of the Legal Services Act 2011.
Lawyers seeking PDLA approval listing should contact Provider Services for more information:
Phone: 04 918 8800
The PDLA approval application must include telephone number/s to ensure 24-hour accessibility and a description of the area or town/s where they are available to attend.
The Initial Criminal Legal Services (ICLS) unit administers both rosters and lists for the PDLA service, as follows:
The ICLS unit provides Police with the most up-to-date rosters or lists. For locations where a roster is in place, a PDLA lawyer must advise the ICLS unit as soon as possible if they are unable to attend any rostered session.
This policy describes the operation of the PDLA service and includes:
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