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.
- Health and disability research ethics, 26 February 2015 03 Mar 2015 (534.2 KB)
- Productivity Commission, trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Schemes, 27 February 2015 03 Mar 2015 (395.2 KB)
- United Nations: ICCPR – NZ 6th periodic review – draft Government report; 23 February 2015 23 Feb 2015 (587.5 KB)
- UN Convention against Torture, NZ 6th periodic review: shadow report, 13 February 2015 16 Feb 2015 (737.9 KB)
- Health (Protection) Amendment Bill, 13 February 2015 13 Feb 2015 (522.7 KB)
- QWB0100: Income Tax: Major development or division, 5 February 2015 09 Feb 2015 (398.6 KB)
- QWB0040: Income Tax – Disposal of Land 5 February 2015 09 Feb 2015 (385.6 KB)
- Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation Bill, 5 February 2015 05 Feb 2015 (489.8 KB)
- Draft Public Ruling PUB0209: Income Tax - Treatment of beneficiary as settlor, 3 February 2015 04 Feb 2015 (519.4 KB)
- Income Tax: QWB0136: Deductibility of Guarantee Payments, 30 January 2015 02 Feb 2015 (495.5 KB)
Last updated on the 15th July 2013