Hawke’s Bay’s ‘diabolical’ household court docket lawyer scarcity

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Hawke's Bay's 'diabolical' family court lawyer shortage

Barrister Susan Hayward said a lack of family lawyers in the area was a major problem. Photo / supplied

A shortage of family law attorneys in Hawke’s Bay is making it increasingly difficult for people to gain access to the courts.

Napier-based attorney Susan Hayward is currently juggling approximately 75 cases in court

Napier-based chairwoman of the New Zealand Law Society's family law division Caroline Hickman said they would look into the matter but hoped recent changes would improve.  Photo / suppliedNapier-based chairwoman of the New Zealand Law Society’s family law division Caroline Hickman said they would look into the matter but hoped recent changes would improve. Photo / supplied