Criminal Litigation

Strong Presence

Kilian & Associates has a strong presence in the High Court and all District Courts. We act in both privately funded and legal aid cases. We are categorised at the top level (category 4) for criminal cases. For Legal Aid, cases that categorised as PAL 3 or 4 can choose who they want to have as their legal representative. From the most straight-forward District Court matter to lengthy and complex fraud, drug and sex trials. We offer a broad range of experience and expertise in the whole field of criminal defence work.

Whether it may be the smallest of hearings or a high-profile case making the headlines, we are always there to help our clients. Because we understand your case is of deep concern to you and to your family, we will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve.

We have a fighting spirit and we are fearlessly committed to our clients.

We know that we are the voice of those disadvantaged by poverty, discrimination, prejudice, abuses of state power and false allegations.

Our strength and depth contribute to the high quality of the representation that we offer to our clients.

Kilian & Associates undertakes work throughout the country, we strive for efficiency and are known for our commitment to every client.

Our Services

Kilian & Associates is a boutique law firm with its main office located in Auckland (New Zealand) and a branch in Tauranga, specialising in litigation, tax, and corporate and commercial restructuring law. The firm has a wealth of expertise in advising and acting for individuals, businesses and large corporations on contentious and non-contentious matters.

The Law Firm You Can Trust!


Depends on what sort of case you have. Often civil matters should get lawyers involved before any contracts, or agreements have been entered into to ensure the process is conducted properly. In criminal matters, a lawyer should be appointed as soon as police are involved. In our experience, do not go to any interviews without a lawyer present.

You can elect a Jury Trial in some circumstances. The key difference is that in a JAT the Judge is the only person who makes all the decisions, whereas in a Jury Trial the jury are the people who make a determination on the facts of the case, and the Judge assists with the law. For more information please see attached document.

Our firm does both Criminal and Civil Legal Aid and is approved at the top level for both. Legal Aid is dependent on an income based application. Not everyone will be entitled to Legal Aid. Although for civil, you can choose a legal aid lawyer, your requirements to obtain legal aid are not only financial but will also require your lawyer/legal representative to elaborate on the key elements of the case and possibilities of success. This is then left to the discretion of the Legal Aid officer to determine legal aid.

In Criminal matters, if you are charged with a charge categorised as PAL 1 and 2, you cannot choose a lawyer when applying. However for PAL 3 and 4 cases, you are able to decide.