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.
- Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Bill, 9 December 2017 11 Dec 2017 (359.2 KB)
- Donee organisations – meaning of wholly or mainly applying funds to specified purposes within New Zealand, 30 November 2017 01 Dec 2017 (1.2 MB)
- Can a fit-out of an existing building be "improvements" for the purposes of s CB11? 17 November 2017 17 Nov 2017 (508.6 KB)
- AML/CFT Phase 2, draft Regulations-Reporting, 31 October 2017 01 Nov 2017 (2.0 MB)
- Employment Court, Costs Guidelines Feedback, 26 October 2017 26 Oct 2017 (356.6 KB)
- Immigration New Zealand, Complaints Policy Feedback, 18 October 2017 19 Oct 2017 (383.7 KB)
- Legal Aid: civil/family form, 12 October 2017 12 Oct 2017 (388.1 KB)
- Tax treatment of feasibility and black hole expenditure: further consultation, 6 October 10 Oct 2017 (451.2 KB)
- PUB00258: Whether full or partial disposal where a person contributes an asset to a partnership as a capital contribution, 28 September 2017 28 Sep 2017 (527.9 KB)
- Refugee Status Branch, draft Confidentiality Guidelines, 14 September 2017 15 Sep 2017 (528.3 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015