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.
- Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill, 18 August 2016 18 Aug 2016 (398.9 KB)
- Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill, 18 August 2016 18 Aug 2016 (300.4 KB)
- Ministry of Justice operations & service delivery: proposed restructure, 5 August 2016 18 Aug 2016 (468.4 KB)
- PUB00220 - Draft QWBA: Income Tax - Date of Acquisition of Land, 10 August 2016 11 Aug 2016 (464.3 KB)
- Title PUB00276: Updated “permanent place of abode” extract from IS 14/01 – Tax Residence, 10 August 2016 11 Aug 2016 (445.6 KB)
- TPPA Amendment Bill: patent term extensions, proposed regulations, 8 August 2016. 10 Aug 2016 (585.2 KB)
- PUB00228: GST Single or Multiple Supply, 8 August 2016 09 Aug 2016 (466.9 KB)
- Donee organisations - clarifying when funds are applied wholly or mainly to specified purposes within New Zealand, 3 August 2016 04 Aug 2016 (662.5 KB)
- Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill, 4 August 2016 04 Aug 2016 (695.2 KB)
- Criminal Electronic Document Protocol – Court of Appeal, 29 July 2016 04 Aug 2016 (427.9 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015