New Zealand Law Society - Public and Administrative Law Committee

Public and Administrative Law Committee

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.

About us

The Public and Administrative Law Committee was established in 2010, to provide expert advice on issues relating to public and administrative law reform.

Our people

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:

  • Debra Angus
  • Nick Crang
  • Elana Geddis
  • Ben Keith
  • Anthony Wicks
  • Susannah Shaw

Recent work

The committee is very busy and in the past 18 months has contributed to NZLS submissions on various matters, including:

  • Parliament’s Review of Standing Orders 2020
  • the Electoral Amendment Bill
  • the Secondary Legislation Bill
  • the Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill
  • the Public Service Legislation Bill
  • the New Zealand Bill of Rights (Declarations of Inconsistency) Amendment Bill 2020
  • the Regulations Review Committee’s Inquiry into parliamentary scrutiny of confirmable instruments
  • the Inquiry into the operation of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 conducted by Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee

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). 

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