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

Debra Angus is the committee convenor. Debra is an expert adviser on public, constitutional, electoral and parliamentary law and procedure. A former Deputy Clerk of the House of Representatives, legal adviser to Parliament’s Privileges Committee, and the Regulations Review Committee, Debra has also advised select committees on legislative scrutiny, inquiries, and petitions. Debra has been a member of the committee since 2017, and was appointed convenor in 2021.

The PALC is made up of public and administrative law experts:

  • Nick Crang
  • Elana Geddis
  • Ben Keith
  • Susannah Shaw
  • Gareth Richards
  • Scott Fletcher

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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