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.
- Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Bill, 19 November 2015 20 Nov 2015 (506.0 KB)
- Taxation (Transformation: First Phase Simplification) Bill, 13 November 2015 17 Nov 2015 (503.3 KB)
- Financial Markets Conduct Act exemption, communal facilities, 6 November 2015 09 Nov 2015 (539.1 KB)
- Financial Markets Conduct Act charities exemption, 5 November 2015 05 Nov 2015 (373.6 KB)
- GST Current Issues: an Officials’ Issues Paper, 4 November 2015 04 Nov 2015 (419.9 KB)
- United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child, NZ 5th periodic review: NZLS shadow report, 2 November 2015 04 Nov 2015 (557.9 KB)
- Loss grouping and imputation credits: an officials’ issues paper, 27 October 2015 29 Oct 2015 (405.3 KB)
- Child Protection (Child Sex Offender Register) Bill, 28 October 2015 29 Oct 2015 (503.8 KB)
- Closely Held Companies Taxation Issues – Issues Paper, 23 October 2015 27 Oct 2015 (373.2 KB)
- Family Violence Review, 9 October 2015 09 Oct 2015 (689.1 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015