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Civil Litigation & Tribunals Committee

The Civil Litigation and Tribunals Committee considers and makes recommendations on issues relating to the administration of civil justice, to the Ministry of Justice, the courts and the Rules Committee (a statutory body established by section 51B of the Judicature Act 1908 which has responsibility for procedural rules in the courts).

About Us

The Civil Litigation and Tribunals Committee (CLTC) was established in 1989 to respond to issues relating to civil practice and procedure. Then, as now, the CLTC worked closely with the Rules Committee, assessing proposed amendments to court rules and suggesting improvements to court procedure and case management.

Since its inception the CLTC has worked to improve the administration of civil justice in New Zealand.

Our People

Andrew Beck is the convenor of the CLTC. Andrew specialises in tax, commercial and public law litigation. His particular interest in appellate work has seen him conduct many appeals in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Andrew is co-author of McGechan on Procedure, Introduction to Advocacy, Civil Remedies in New Zealand, and Relationship Property on Death, and is an NZLS representative on the Rules Committee.

The committee members are experienced practitioners with knowledge and expertise in civil litigation:

  • J Edward Bayley
  • Shane Campbell
  • Kevin Clay
  • Kate Cornege
  • Allison Ferguson
  • Daniel Kalderimis
  • Iva Rosic

Recent Work

In the past 18 months, the CLTC has contributed to Law Society submissions on the Tribunals Powers & Procedures Bill, the Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal Bill, a review of the Residential Tenancies Act, and the Law Commission’s 2nd Review of the Evidence Act 2006.

The committee also made submissions to the Rules Committee on: daily recovery rates, Court of Appeal (Civil) Rules, time allocations for trial preparation, and proposed rules for representative proceedings.

Get Involved

Appointments are made to this committee biennially. If you have a passion for law reform and skills, interest and expertise in civil litigation, the time and energy to commit, then get involved.

Membership of this committee allows you to play an important role in civil litigation law reform and is an excellent basis for professional development and collegiality.

Applications are currently open for the 2019 appointment round. Appointments are for a two-year term starting September 2019.

Last updated on the 30th May 2019