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.
- A new Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand, issues paper 35, 15 August 2014 15 Aug 2014 (423.1 KB)
- Responsible Lending Code proposal (CCCFA), 14 August 2014 14 Aug 2014 (466.4 KB)
- Court of Appeal: Fast track procedure for urgent appeals, 11 August 2014 12 Aug 2014 (251.6 KB)
- Maori Land Court, draft Retention and Disposal Appraisal Report, 7 August 2014 07 Aug 2014 (352.0 KB)
- Income Tax, QWBA0118: meaning of excessive remuneration, 5 August 2014 05 Aug 2014 (406.6 KB)
- Real Estate Agents Act: NZICA exemption application conditions, 5 August 2014 05 Aug 2014 (273.0 KB)
- Unfair Contract Terms Protections for Small Businesses, 1 August 2014 04 Aug 2014 (354.3 KB)
- Developing Regulations to Support the New Health and Safety at Work Act discussion document, 29 July 2014 30 Jul 2014 (432.0 KB)
- Industry Partnership between INZ and the Immigration Professionals Industry, 22 July 2014 22 Jul 2014 (376.8 KB)
- Strengthening Enforcement of Employment Standards discussion document, 18 July 2014 22 Jul 2014 (451.9 KB)
Last updated on the 15th July 2013