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Criminal Law Committee

The Criminal Law Committee has practitioners from all sides of the criminal bar. It considers and makes recommendations on all issues touching on the administration of criminal justice

About Us

The Criminal Law Committee (CLC), established in 1989, actively monitors and comments on proposed reforms of the criminal law and on the administration of criminal justice.

Our People

Steve Bonnar QC is the convenor of the Criminal Law Committee. Steve has previous experience in New Zealand and overseas as a Crown Prosecutor. Since 2002 his practice has principally involved criminal defence work and the defence of regulatory prosecutions. Steve is a current member of the Auckland and Manukau Crown Solicitors’ prosecution panels, the Serious Fraud Office prosecution panel, the Ministry of Justice Northern Legal Aid Selection Committee and is a pro bono SPCA Panel Prosecutor.

CLC members are experienced criminal law practitioners:

  • Warren Brookbanks
  • Fiona Guy Kidd QC
  • Lynn Hughes
  • Chris Macklin
  • James Rapley QC
  • Mike Ruffin
  • Sarah Saunderson-Warner
  • Simon Shamy
  • Todd Simmonds

NZLS contact: Amanda Frank, Law Reform Adviser (Dunstan Blay, parental leave cover 2019)
DX SP20202 or PO Box 5041, Wellington 6145

Recent Work

The CLC is a consistently busy committee and has commented on numerous reforms of criminal law and practice over the past 18 months.

The committee contributed to NZLS submissions on various bills, including the Wildlife (Powers) Amendment Bill, Land Transport Amendment Bill, Maritime Transport Amendment Bill, and the Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill.

The CLC made a submission to Parliament’s Justice & Electoral select committee on a Petition to amend the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004, and responded to judicial requests for comments on the Court of Appeal revised Criminal Electronic Document Protocol and the Law Society’s intervenor role in an appeal to the Court of Appeal regarding the Role of amicus for self-represented litigants. The committee also contributed to the Law Society’s submissions on a draft Family Violence: Risk Assessment and Management Framework andthe Law Commission’s Review of the Search & Surveillance Act 2012.

Get involved

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

Membership of this committee allows you to play an important role in criminal reform and is an excellent basis for professional development as well as collegiality and networking.

Additionally, substantive contribution to NZLS 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 mid-2019.

Last updated on the 25th January 2019