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.
- Legal Aid – changes to approvals process, 14 November 2019 14 Nov 2019 (175.3 KB)
- Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill, 13 November 2019 14 Nov 2019 (398.8 KB)
- Resource Management Amendment Bill, 12 November 2019 12 Nov 2019 (268.3 KB)
- AML/CFT-expiring regulations, 30 October 2019 12 Nov 2019 (262.6 KB)
- Action for healthy waterways, national direction on freshwater, 4 November 2019 07 Nov 2019 (207.2 KB)
- Holding costs for privately used land that is taxable on sale, 1 November 2019 05 Nov 2019 (206.6 KB)
- Review of Standing Orders 2020, 31 October 2019 05 Nov 2019 (267.3 KB)
- Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill, 1 November 2019 05 Nov 2019 (226.9 KB)
- Habitual buying and selling of land, 23 October 2019 24 Oct 2019 (201.8 KB)
- Arms Legislation Bill 23 October 2019 23 Oct 2019 (260.2 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015