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.
- Evidence Act: 2nd Review, 21 June 2018 22 Jun 2018 (731.7 KB)
- Local Electoral Matters Bill, 21 June 2018 22 Jun 2018 (411.6 KB)
- Crown Minerals Amendment Bill, 19 June 2018 20 Jun 2018 (537.9 KB)
- GST on assets sold by non-profit bodies, 11 June 2018 14 Jun 2018 (380.2 KB)
- Administration of Justice (Reform of Contempt of Court) Bill, 12 June 2018 12 Jun 2018 (539.7 KB)
- Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Envtal Effects) Amdmt Bill, 6 June 2018 07 Jun 2018 (385.5 KB)
- R&D Tax Discussion Paper, 29 May 2018 31 May 2018 (510.6 KB)
- Legal Aid: combined criminal application form, 24 May 2018 28 May 2018 (413.9 KB)
- Privacy Bill, 24 May 2018 24 May 2018 (598.3 KB)
- Disclosure Requirements in the New Financial Advice Regime, 21 May 2018 22 May 2018 (373.3 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015