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.
- Child Support Amendment Bill, 24 June 2020 25 Jun 2020 (280.5 KB)
- COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill, 19 June 2020 24 Jun 2020 (264.2 KB)
- Class Actions, Supreme Court appeal-NZLS intervenor submissions, 16 March 2020 18 Jun 2020 (267.8 KB)
- Legal Aid, proposed variation to provider contract, 11 June 2020 15 Jun 2020 (408.7 KB)
- COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020-SC Inquiry-5 June 2020 09 Jun 2020 (234.3 KB)
- GST – unconditional gifts, 29 May 2020 02 Jun 2020 (284.2 KB)
- Organic Products Bill, 28 May 2020 29 May 2020 (276.7 KB)
- GST Policy Issues – Issues Paper, 26 May 2020 26 May 2020 (296.9 KB)
- Screen Industry Workers Bill, 25 May 2020 26 May 2020 (387.4 KB)
- Investment in US Limited Liability Companies, 13 May 2020 14 May 2020 (253.1 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015