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Public and Administrative Law Committee

The Public and Administrative Law Committee monitors reform proposals in public and administrative law. The Committee regularly prepares submissions on legislative Bills as well as Law Commission and government agency consultation papers.

About Us

The Public and Administrative Law Committee (PALC) was established in 2010. Its principal role is to assist the Law Reform Committee by providing expert advice and opinion on issues relating to public and administrative law.

Our People

Jason McHerron, convenor of the Public & Administrative Law Committee, is a Wellington barrister, experienced in public law, commercial, regulatory and competition litigation. Practising since 1996, he has appeared in all of New Zealand’s general courts, as well as in specialist tribunals in New Zealand and overseas.

The PALC is made up of public and administrative law experts:

  • Debra Angus
  • Nick Crang
  • Elana Geddis
  • Ben Keith
  • Sally McKechnie
  • Stephanie Winson

NZLS contact: Lucette Kuhn, Law Reform Adviser
DX SP20202 or PO Box 5041, Wellington 6145

Recent Work

The PALC is a busy committee. In the past 18 months, the committee has contributed to NZLS submissions on various law reforms, including:

  • the Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Bill;
  • Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2);
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill;
  • New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill;
  • Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Bill; and
  • the Law Commission’s Review of the Search & Surveillance Act 2012.

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).

Get Involved

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

Membership of this committee allows you to play an important role in public and administrative law 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