Law reform submissions
One of the Law Society's most valued roles is to provide an informed, reasoned and representative voice for lawyers and for the public on Bills as they are introduced to Parliament and considered by select committees.
This justification for this role is set out under Section 65 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006:
(e) to assist and promote, for the purpose of upholding the rule of law and facilitating the administration of justice in New Zealand, the reform of the law.
Law Society committees often uncover aspects of the law needing reform. These are brought to the Government's attention and pursued until reform is achieved. The NZLS does not approach this role on the basis of personal views on the desirability of a particular measure, nor does it try to make political or value judgements. The object is to help provide better, more workable, more even-handed legislation.
It also provides comments on Law Commission and government agency discussion papers.
- AML/CFT Amendment Bill, 20 April 2017 26 Apr 2017 (463.9 KB)
- Income Tax Treatment of Patents, 13 April 2017 13 Apr 2017 (636.5 KB)
- Financial Services Legislation ED Bill, 31 March 2017 03 Apr 2017 (530.5 KB)
- Real Estate Agents Act, NZIF exemption-draft regs, 7 March 2017 24 Mar 2017 (317.9 KB)
- Revised Youth Advocates Appointment and Review Procedures, 27 February 2017 14 Mar 2017 (419.3 KB)
- Youth Advocate categorisations, 10 March 2017 13 Mar 2017 (450.6 KB)
- CYPF (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill, 3 March 2017 06 Mar 2017 (895.8 KB)
- Automatic Exchange of Information — draft guidance, 2 March 2017 03 Mar 2017 (537.7 KB)
- Unit Titles Act review, 2 March 2017 03 Mar 2017 (694.7 KB)
- Children or Minors in the Refugee Status Process, revised draft guidelines, 3 March 2017 03 Mar 2017 (506.4 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015