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: ICCPR – NZ 6th periodic report – list of issues prior to reporting, 5 March 2014 10 Mar 2014 (505.1 KB)
- Family Legal Aid Fixed Fees, 3 March 2014 04 Mar 2014 (705.4 KB)
- Parliamentary Privilege Bill, 28 February 2014 28 Feb 2014 (363.0 KB)
- Judicature Modernisation Bill, 20 February 2014 20 Feb 2014 (619.2 KB)
- Review of the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 and Code of Health and Disability Consumers’ Rights, 17 February 2014 19 Feb 2014 (495.6 KB)
- Land Transport Amendment Bill, 17 February 2014 18 Feb 2014 (408.3 KB)
- Objectionable Publications and Indecency Legislation Bill, 12 February 2014 17 Feb 2014 (421.4 KB)
- Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No. 3), 14 February 2014 17 Feb 2014 (347.8 KB)
- Immigration Amendment Bill (No 2), 12 February 2014 12 Feb 2014 (403.5 KB)
- Proposals for Regulations to be made under the Patents Act 2013, 5 February 2014 10 Feb 2014 (655.8 KB)
Last updated on the 15th July 2013