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.
- Interpretation statement: Tax treatment of costs of resource consents, 9 November 2018 15 Nov 2018 (365.2 KB)
- PUB00299: GST – zero-rating of services related to land, 9 November 2018 15 Nov 2018 (369.3 KB)
- Family Court Review, 12 November 2018 13 Nov 2018 (1.0 MB)
- Taxation (Annual Rates for 2018-19, Modernising Tax Administration, and Remedial Matters) Bill, care and management provisions, 7 November 2018 08 Nov 2018 (561.2 KB)
- Police/Registrar-General, information sharing agreement consultation, 6 November 2018 07 Nov 2018 (415.3 KB)
- Targeting serious crime – extending information-sharing (SFO, Customs), 2 November 2018 05 Nov 2018 (401.1 KB)
- Residential Tenancies Act review, 29 October 2018 31 Oct 2018 (475.0 KB)
- Building Amendment Bill, 25 October 2018 26 Oct 2018 (623.9 KB)
- KiwiSaver (Foster parents opting in for children in their care) Amendment Bill, 24 October 2018 26 Oct 2018 (160.5 KB)
- AML/CFT-exemption application, barristers sole, 23 October 2018 24 Oct 2018 (405.3 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015