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.
- Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill, 11 April 2019 12 Apr 2019 (270.5 KB)
- Crown pastoral land review, 11 April 2019 12 Apr 2019 (202.2 KB)
- Copyright Act 1994 review, 4 April 19 08 Apr 2019 (333.3 KB)
- Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines & Parts) Amdmt Bill, 4 April 2019 04 Apr 2019 (248.5 KB)
- The Use of DNA in Criminal Investigations, IP43, 1 April 2019 04 Apr 2019 (448.2 KB)
- SOP 193, Taxation (Annual Rates for 2019–20, GST Offshore Supplier Registration, and Remedial Matters) Bill, 27 March 2019 28 Mar 2019 (261.7 KB)
- Customs Infringement Notice Scheme, 23 January 2019 28 Mar 2019 (442.5 KB)
- Regulatory Systems (Workforce) Amendment Bill (No 2), 25 March 2019 25 Mar 2019 (220.6 KB)
- Short stay accommodation, 21 March 2019 25 Mar 2019 (198.0 KB)
- Fisheries review, 18 March 2019 19 Mar 2019 (237.4 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015