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.
- 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)
- PUB0210-GST-Late Return Charges, 30 October 2014 31 Oct 2014 (452.8 KB)
- Parole (Extended Supervision Orders) Amendment Bill, 28 October 2014 29 Oct 2014 (257.5 KB)
- New Zealand Business Number exposure draft bill, 30 September 2014 01 Oct 2014 (263.2 KB)
- Unfair Contract Terms, Commerce Commission draft Guidelines, 30 September 2014 30 Sep 2014 (393.2 KB)
- Securitisation exemptions, 16 September 2014 18 Sep 2014 (337.2 KB)
- Legal aid, public protection orders – proposed fixed fees, 11 September 2014 12 Sep 2014 (332.0 KB)
- XPB0041, Timing of disposal and derivation of income from trading stock; 2 September 2014 02 Sep 2014 (354.0 KB)
Last updated on the 15th July 2013