Apply for a review

It costs $50 to request a review.

How to apply

Any person or party involved in the original complaint or inquiry can apply to the Legal Complaints Review Office for a review. 

Other persons who can apply include the firm to which the person subject to the complaint belonged, the New Zealand Law Society or the New Zealand Society of Conveyancers or any other person coming under the class of applicant in section 196 to 197 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (external link) (the Act).

If you're eligible, you can apply to the Review Officer for a review if the standards committee of the Law Society or Society of Conveyancers has made a decision about your complaint and you don’t agree with that decision, requirement, order made or direction given.  You can also apply to the Review Officer to review some of the powers exercised by the Standards Committee as described in section 196 or 197 of the Act (external link) .

You need to complete and lodge your application within 30 working days from when the Standards Committee decision is sent to you. You can post or email your completed application to this office.

You'll need to contact us to find out more


To apply fill in an application for review form and return it to us:

Application for review of decision of standards committee [PDF, 389 KB]

Appoint someone to act for you

If you want someone (an agent or representative) to act on your behalf you need to fill in part 4 of the application form.

What you need to send us

Send us the signed and completed forms, a copy of the decision you want reviewed, and your fee payment (if you’re not using internet banking to pay).

How to pay the fee

To pay the $50 to apply for a review you can pay:

By cheque

Cheques should be made payable to the Ministry of Justice.

By credit or debit card

Fill in and send us this form with your application:

Pay with a credit or debit card [PDF, 411 KB]

By internet banking

Account name: Ministry of Justice

Account number: 03-0049-0001063-00

In the particulars box put: LCRO

In the reference box put: your surname.

Useful guidelines

Guidelines for parties to review [PDF, 104 KB]

Costs Orders guidelines [PDF, 256 KB]

Publication (of decisions) guidelines [PDF, 213 KB]

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