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.
- United Nations: Universal Periodic Review, NZLS shadow report, 12 July 2018 19 Jul 2018 (512.9 KB)
- Insurance contract law review, 16 July 2018 16 Jul 2018 (595.5 KB)
- Legislation for the New Zealand Police Vetting Service – consultation, 13 July 2018 16 Jul 2018 (461.8 KB)
- Accident Compensation Amendment Bill, 29 June 2018 02 Jul 2018 (452.1 KB)
- Health and Safety at Work (Volunteer Associations) Amendment Bill, 26 June 2018 28 Jun 2018 (513.2 KB)
- Evidence Act: 2nd Review, 21 June 2018 22 Jun 2018 (731.7 KB)
- Local Electoral Matters Bill, 21 June 2018 22 Jun 2018 (411.6 KB)
- Crown Minerals Amendment Bill, 19 June 2018 20 Jun 2018 (537.9 KB)
- GST on assets sold by non-profit bodies, 11 June 2018 14 Jun 2018 (380.2 KB)
- Administration of Justice (Reform of Contempt of Court) Bill, 12 June 2018 12 Jun 2018 (539.7 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015