The Public and Administrative Law Committee monitors reform proposals in public and administrative law. The Committee regularly makes submissions on bills and law reform consultations.
The Public and Administrative Law Committee was established in 2010, to provide expert advice on issues relating to public and administrative law reform.
Jason McHerron, the committee convenor, is a Wellington barrister who has experience and expertise in public law, commercial, regulatory and competition litigation. Practising since 1996, he has appeared in all of New Zealand’s general courts, as well as in specialist tribunals in New Zealand and overseas. Jason is also an NZLS representative on the Rules Committee.
The PALC is made up of public and administrative law experts:
The committee is very busy and in the past 18 months has contributed to NZLS submissions on various matters, including:
The committee also contributed to the Law Society’s intervenor submissions in the public interest to the High Court in the Borrowdale v Director-General of Health and the Attorney-General judicial review (regarding the legality of New Zealand’s COVID-19 restrictions).