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.
- Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill, 18 October 2018 19 Oct 2018 (518.7 KB)
- Income tax: bright-line test – farmland and main home exclusions – sale of lifestyle blocks, 11 October 2018 16 Oct 2018 (377.1 KB)
- Income tax: bright-line test – main home exclusions – sale of subdivided section, 11 October 2018 16 Oct 2018 (374.3 KB)
- BEPS: Permanent establishment anti avoidance rules - draft guidance, 12 October 2018 16 Oct 2018 (518.5 KB)
- Holidays Act review, issues paper – NZLS submission, 10 October 2018 11 Oct 2018 (442.6 KB)
- Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Bill, 9 October 2018 11 Oct 2018 (518.6 KB)
- Reform of the State Sector Act 1988 – discussion document, 4 October 2018 04 Oct 2018 (499.9 KB)
- Legal Aid Review, summary issues papers – NZLS response, 27 September 2018 27 Sep 2018 (515.7 KB)
- Income Tax: Donee Organisations – Meaning of Wholly or Mainly Applying Funds To Specified Purposes Fact Sheet, 22 August 2018 26 Sep 2018 (388.9 KB)
- Draft National Ethical Standards for Health and Disability Research, 18 September 2018 18 Sep 2018 (380.5 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015