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 established by section 51B of the Judicature Act 1908 which has responsibility for procedural rules in the 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 Civil Litigation and Tribunals Committee. He has been in practice for 20 years and a Chapman Tripp litigation partner since November 2011. He is recognised as a leading lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 and Chambers Global 2019 and as a leading individual for dispute resolution in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019.  Daniel has a strong interest in advocacy and in the development of civil procedure, which he teaches biennially at Victoria University Law School.

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

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

Recent Work

In the past 18 months, the CLTC has contributed to Law Society submissions on the Tribunals Powers & Procedures Bill, the Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal Bill, a review of the Residential Tenancies Act, and the Law Commission’s 2nd Review of the Evidence Act 2006.

The committee also made submissions to the Rules Committee on: daily recovery rates, Court of Appeal (Civil) Rules, time allocations for trial preparation, and proposed rules for representative proceedings.

Get Involved

Appointments are made to this committee biennially. Membership of this committee allows you to play an important role in civil litigation law reform and is an excellent basis for professional development and collegiality.

Applications will be called for in mid-2021, for the next 2-year term starting September 2021.

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