Police Detention Legal Assistance

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.

Information on the Nationwide roster for the PDLA service which will run between 17 Dec 2021 and 10 January 2022

Legal Aid Services is implementing a nationwide roster for the PDLA service from 17 December 2021 to 10 January 2022. PDLA lawyers rostered on the nationwide roster for the PDLA service during this period will be paid a flat hourly rate to deliver the service during rostered shifts. During rostered shifts PDLA providers will be answering PDLA calls from all over Aotearoa, New Zealand. These changes are made to ensure there is timely access to justice throughout the holiday period.
The nationwide holiday period PDLA roster will replace the current lists or rosters used for the service between 6pm 17 December 2021 to 6am on 10 January 2022.

A copy of the nationwide roster for this period can be found below:

PDLA nationwide holiday period roster [PDF, 452 KB]

Further information for PDLA providers on the holiday period roster
  • PDLA nationwide holiday roster guidelines:

    The document below contains guidelines and information for PDLA providers on the nationwide roster for the PDLA service over the holiday period.

    PDLA nationwide holiday roster guidelines. [PDF, 159 KB]

  • Invoice forms for the PDLA service during the holiday roster period:
    • The invoice form below has been created for you to use for the duration of the holiday period to charge for your rostered shifts:

      PDLA form 13 invoice – holiday period roster shift invoice [PDF, 813 KB]

      Further information on what to include on the invoice can be found in the ‘PDLA nationwide holiday roster guidelines’ document above.

    • Calls received outside of rostered hours and for any instances where personal attendance is required will need to be invoiced for following the usual process using the standard PDLA invoice form, a copy of which can be found below:

      PDLA form 13 invoice – standard [PDF, 351 KB]

  • Regional contact lists of PDLA providers:
    Contact lists of PDLA providers broken down by region have been emailed to all of the providers that have been rostered onto the nationwide roster for the holiday period. These lists are to be used by PDLA providers on the nationwide roster to refer cases on to another lawyer as necessary (e.g. where attendance is required in person). If you require a copy of this list please email NSDOpsSupport@justice.govt.nz

    More information on when it may be necessary to use the regional contact list can be found in the ‘PDLA nationwide holiday roster guidelines’ document above.
Questions or feedback on the holiday period roster

If you have any questions or feedback about the holiday period roster, please email NSDOpsSupport@justice.govt.nz

Please note that between 17 December 2020 and 10 January 2021 the National Service Delivery Operations Support Group within the Ministry of Justice will be responsible for providing Police with the most up-to-date roster. PDLA lawyer must advise us as soon as possible if they are unable to attend any rostered session by sending an email to the address below:
NSDOpsSupport@justice.govt.nz

Approval to provide PDLA services

Lawyers seeking PDLA approval listing should contact Provider Services for more information:

Email: legalaidprovider@justice.govt.nz

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.

Management of PDLA rosters

The Initial Criminal Legal Services (ICLS) unit administers both rosters and lists for the PDLA service, as follows:

  • a roster for greater Auckland, which is structured by type of legal matter
  • rosters for Northland and Hamilton city, which are not structured by type of legal matter
  • lists for the remaining areas.

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.

Email: PDLA@justice.govt.nz

PDLA operational policy

This policy describes the operation of the PDLA service and includes:

  • information about the PDLA service
  • responsibilities of PDLA Lawyers
  • obtaining PDLA approval
  • assignment as a result of PDLA
  • travel
  • submitting invoices
  • forms and attendances
  • payment for PDLA services
  • guidelines for when to make face to face attedances.

Police Detention Legal Assistance Service - Operational policy [PDF, 350 KB]

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