New Zealand Law Society - Civil Litigation & Tribunals Committee

Civil Litigation & Tribunals Committee

The Civil Litigation and Tribunals Committee considers and makes recommendations on issues relating to the administration of civil justice, to the Ministry of Justice, the courts and the Rules Committee (a statutory body which has responsibility for procedural rules in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and District Courts).

About us

The Civil Litigation and Tribunals Committee (CLTC) was established in 1989 to respond to issues relating to civil practice and procedure. Then, as now, the CLTC worked closely with the Rules Committee, assessing proposed amendments to court rules and suggesting improvements to court procedure and case management.

Since its inception the CLTC has worked to improve the administration of civil justice in New Zealand.

Our people

Daniel Kalderimis is the convenor of the CLTC. Daniel was formerly a senior litigation partner at Chapman Tripp, and now practices as a barrister at Thorndon Chambers. He is recognised as a leading lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific 2021 and Chambers Global 2021, and as a leading individual for dispute resolution in Legal 500 Asia Pacific. Daniel is also an NZLS representative on the Rules Committee.

The committee members are experienced practitioners with knowledge and expertise in civil litigation:

  • Kim Francis
  • Nikki Pender
  • James Caird
  • Andrew Beck
  • Kate Cornege
  • Shane Campbell
  • Iva Rosic

Recent work

In the past 18 months, the CLTC has contributed to NZLS submissions to the Rules Committee on: Improving Access to Civil Justice, and Costs for litigants-in-person.

The CLTC has also made submissions on the Law Commission’s Class Actions and Litigation Funding Issues Paper and MBIE’s Model Standards for the Dispute Resolution System consultation paper. The CLTC also contributed to the Law Society’s intervenor submissions to the Supreme Court in an appeal relating to the principles applying to class actions, Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd v Ross, where the Law Society was a neutral intervenor in the public interest.

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