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.
- Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (No 3), 12 August 2020 13 Aug 2020 (262.3 KB)
- Taxation (Annual Rates for 2020-21 Feasibility Expenditure and Remedial Matters) Bill, 12 August 2020 13 Aug 2020 (303.6 KB)
- New Zealand Bill of Rights (Declarations of Inconsistency) Amendment Bill, 7 August 2020 10 Aug 2020 (272.3 KB)
- Rules Committee Unbundled Legal Services - 14 March 2019 06 Aug 2020 (172.5 KB)
- l-Education and Workforce SC-Screen Industry Workers Bill, 17 July 2020 20 Jul 2020 (241.4 KB)
- Covid-19 PHR (Air Border) Order 2020, 9 July 2020 17 Jul 2020 (181.6 KB)
- 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)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015