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.
- Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill, 24 September 2015 24 Sep 2015 (492.2 KB)
- Public Rulings Draft Work Programme 2015-16, 19 August 2015 20 Sep 2015 (276.3 KB)
- Taxation (Bright-line Test for Residential Land) Bill, 17 September 2015 17 Sep 2015 (462.7 KB)
- PUB 00215-3 - Income Tax - Personal Sickness and Accident Insurance, 17 September 2015 17 Sep 2015 (404.1 KB)
- PUB0220 – Income Tax – Date of Acquisition of Land, 17 September 17 Sep 2015 (525.1 KB)
- Earthquake Commission Act review, 11 September 2015 15 Sep 2015 (394.1 KB)
- Informed Consent and Assisted Reproductive Technology – proposed advice to the Minister of Health, 4 September 2015. 04 Sep 2015 (388.4 KB)
- Joint and several liability – relief for “minor defendants”, 21 August 2015 26 Aug 2015 (413.6 KB)
- Evidence Amendment Bill, 13 August 2015 19 Aug 2015 (505.9 KB)
- Intelligence and Security Review, 18 August 2015 18 Aug 2015 (480.3 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015