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.
- 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)
- National Environmental Standard, Plantation Forestry, 10 August 2015 13 Aug 2015 (582.4 KB)
- Costs awards in the Employment Court: letter to Chief Judge Colgan, 30 July 2015 05 Aug 2015 (410.4 KB)
- Electronic Monitoring of Offenders Legislation Bill, 30 July 2015 05 Aug 2015 (479.0 KB)
- National emergencies legislative framework, Regulations Review Committee inquiry, 31 July 2015 31 Jul 2015 (422.1 KB)
- Financial Advisors Act Review, 31 July 2015 31 Jul 2015 (685.7 KB)
- Land Access for Telecommunications, 24 July 2015 30 Jul 2015 (412.2 KB)
- Scenarios on Tax Avoidance PUB00236, 29 July 2015 30 Jul 2015 (390.2 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015