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.
- Vulnerable Children legal aid, 16 December 2014 17 Dec 2014 (541.8 KB)
- Draft Responsible Lending Code, 16 December 2014 17 Dec 2014 (400.4 KB)
- Legal aid criminal fixed fees review, 12 December 2014 12 Dec 2014 (602.7 KB)
- Takeovers Panel: small Code companies, 12 December 2014 12 Dec 2014 (388.3 KB)
- Targeting serious crime – IRD/Police information sharing, 5 December 2014 08 Dec 2014 (371.5 KB)
- Comment on proposed changes to employment relations regulations, 28 November 2014 01 Dec 2014 (556.3 KB)
- Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill, 27 November 2014 27 Nov 2014 (474.6 KB)
- Proposal to change Rule 5.5(1), 18 November 2014 19 Nov 2014 (330.0 KB)
- Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and Children’s Action Plan, 7 November 2014 11 Nov 2014 (431.4 KB)
- Domestic violence: Improving information sharing between courts, 7 November 2014 11 Nov 2014 (447.5 KB)
Last updated on the 15th July 2013