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.
- Legal Aid: civil/family form, 12 October 2017 12 Oct 2017 (388.1 KB)
- Tax treatment of feasibility and black hole expenditure: further consultation, 6 October 10 Oct 2017 (451.2 KB)
- PUB00258: Whether full or partial disposal where a person contributes an asset to a partnership as a capital contribution, 28 September 2017 28 Sep 2017 (527.9 KB)
- Refugee Status Branch, draft Confidentiality Guidelines, 14 September 2017 15 Sep 2017 (528.3 KB)
- Open Government Partnership/access to legislation, 12 September 2017 14 Sep 2017 (372.8 KB)
- Legal Aid: IBA proposed guidance, 13 September 2017 13 Sep 2017 (590.6 KB)
- Correspondence with Ministers for ACC and Justice re possible appeal pathways to Supreme Court 31 Aug 2017 (1.6 MB)
- Integrated Domestic Violence Court model, 29 August 2017 30 Aug 2017 (432.0 KB)
- Loss offset elections between group companies (ED0198), 18 August 2017 21 Aug 2017 (497.9 KB)
- Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill, 17 August 2017 17 Aug 2017 (423.3 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015