Law reform submissions
One of the Law Society's most valued roles is to provide an informed, reasoned and representative voice for lawyers and for the public on Bills as they are introduced to Parliament and considered by select committees.
This justification for this role is set out under Section 65 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006:
(e) to assist and promote, for the purpose of upholding the rule of law and facilitating the administration of justice in New Zealand, the reform of the law.
Law Society committees often uncover aspects of the law needing reform. These are brought to the Government's attention and pursued until reform is achieved. The NZLS does not approach this role on the basis of personal views on the desirability of a particular measure, nor does it try to make political or value judgements. The object is to help provide better, more workable, more even-handed legislation.
It also provides comments on Law Commission and government agency discussion papers.
- Consumer credit fees draft guidelines, 21 October 2016 25 Oct 2016 (460.5 KB)
- Consumer Guarantees (Removal of Unrelated Party Lender Responsibility) Amendment Bill, 13 October 2016 19 Oct 2016 (434.5 KB)
- New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill, 11 October 2016 12 Oct 2016 (555.6 KB)
- Proposed Cadastral Survey Rules: Greater Christchurch, 10 October 2016 10 Oct 2016 (436.5 KB)
- Corporate Insolvency Review, 6 October 2016 07 Oct 2016 (465.9 KB)
- Refugee Status Branch, Minors and Children in the Refugee Status Process draft guidelines, 26 September 2016 03 Oct 2016 (468.5 KB)
- Social Security (Stopping Benefit Payments for Offenders) Amendment Bill, 30 September 2016 03 Oct 2016 (448.9 KB)
- Title: PUB00231 – Income Tax– When is professional income derived? 21 September 2016 22 Sep 2016 (449.3 KB)
- AML/CFT Phase Two consultation, 16 September 2016 19 Sep 2016 (675.9 KB)
- Food Safety Law Reform Bill, 15 September 2016 16 Sep 2016 (515.3 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015