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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. It liaises with the Law Commission, the Ministry of Justice 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 Law Society 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 Fergusson
  • Daniel Kalderimis
  • Iva Rosic

Secretary: Jo Holland, Law Society Secretariat
DX SP20202 or PO Box 5041, Wellington 6145
jo.holland@lawsociety.org.nz

Recent work

In the past 18 months, the CLTC has responded to Rules Committee consultations on proposed amendments to the High Court and District Court Rules on Striking out statements of claim that are vexatious, frivolous or an abuse of process, before service. The CLTC also wrote to the Rules Committee in relation to:

  • the availability of summary judgment to defendants,
  • District Court Rules: (r5.12 interpretation), and Schedule 4 update (debt collection), and
  • the scope of consultation regarding time allocations for hearings.

The committee also contributed to the Law Society’s letter to the Minister of Justice raising concerns about the legislative status of the High Court Rules following enactment of the Senior Courts Bill (Judicature Modernisation legislative reforms).

In addition, the CLTC assisted the ACC Committee in making submissions on potential changes to the accident compensation appeal process, submissions on ACC issues in the Private International Law (Choice of Law in Tort) Bill, and writing to Ministers highlighting the need for reform to allow a right of appeal in ACC cases to the Supreme Court, following the decision in J v ACC.

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.

Additionally, substantive contribution to Law Society law reform may count towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Applications for the 2017 appointment round have closed. The next appointment round will be in 2019.

Last updated on the 5th September 2017