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Law Reform

One of the core statutory functions of the Law Society is 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”.

To achieve this the Law Society relies on the hard work and commitment of its committee members who volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of the profession and the wider community.

As a result, the Law Society has a reputation for making an impartial, and considered and valued contribution to law reform, the administration of justice and the rule of law.

Appointments are made to the Law Society Law Reform and national specialist committees biennially. The next appointment round will commence in July 2015.

Law reform committees

The Law Society Law Reform Committee, with assistance from the specialist committees and the Sections, prepares submissions on behalf of the legal profession and in the public interest.

The Law Society makes submissions on many bills referred to select committee and on discussion papers from government agencies and the Law Commission. It also maintains open communication with the government on administration of justice and rule of law issues.

The Law Society’s submissions and comments are posted on the law reform submissions page.

How are the committees structured?

The Law Reform Committee comprises members with a passion for law reform work, augmented by the convenors of the Law Society specialist committees, and the Chairs of the Property Law and Family Law Sections.

There are 16 specialist committees providing subject matter expertise to the Law Reform Committee on the following areas of law:

  • ACC
  • Civil Litigation and Tribunals
  • Commercial and Business Law
  • Courthouse Committee
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Law
  • Human Rights and Privacy Law
  • Immigration and Refugee Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Legal Services
  • Public and Administrative Law
  • Rule of Law
  • Tax Law
  • Youth Justice

More information on the committees and their members are on the Law Reform page.

Last updated on the 1st December 2018