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.
- Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill, 15 March 2018 16 Mar 2018 (466.7 KB)
- Sentencing (Livestock Rustling) Amendment Bill, 13 March 2018 14 Mar 2018 (400.4 KB)
- End of Life Choice Bill, 6 March 2018 07 Mar 2018 (401.9 KB)
- Trusts Bill, 6 March 2018 07 Mar 2018 (724.1 KB)
- Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill 2017, 5 March 2018 05 Mar 2018 (573.0 KB)
- Relationship Property Review: Issues Paper 41, 27 February 2018 02 Mar 2018 (899.9 KB)
- Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill, 2 March 2018 02 Mar 2018 (398.0 KB)
- Legislation Bill, 26 February 2018 26 Feb 2018 (609.6 KB)
- Tribunals Powers and Procedures Legislation Bill (NZLS Regulatory), 16 February 2018 20 Feb 2018 (541.1 KB)
- Tribunals Powers and Procedures Legislation Bill (tribunals provisions), 16 February 2018 20 Feb 2018 (593.3 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015