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 prepares submissions on legislative bills as well as Law Commission and government consultation papers.

About Us

The Public and Administrative Law Committee (PALC) was established in 2010. Its principal role is to assist the NZLS Law Reform Committee by providing expert advice and opinion on issues relating to public and administrative law.

Our People

Jason McHerron, PALC convenor, is a Wellington barrister, experienced 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:

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

Recent Work

The PALC is a busy committee. In the past 18 months, the committee has contributed to NZLS submissions on various law reforms, including:

  • the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Bill;
  • the Brokering Weapons Bill;
  • the Legislation Bill;
  • the State Sector and Crown Entities Reform Bill, and further potential state sector reforms set out in a State Services Commission discussion paper on ‘directions and options for change’;
  • the Law Commission’s review of the use of DNA in criminal investigations; and
  • Ministry of Justice consultation on operation of the Official Information Act 1982.

Get Involved

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

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

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