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.
- Arbitration Amendment Bill, 22 June 2017 23 Jun 2017 (388.2 KB)
- Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill, 24 May 2017 25 May 2017 (706.5 KB)
- Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill, 18 May 2017 25 May 2017 (489.5 KB)
- Exposure draft Trusts Bill, further points, 17 May 2017 22 May 2017 (571.2 KB)
- PUB00277(a) and (b) GST — Unit Trusts, 15 May 2017 17 May 2017 (592.2 KB)
- Trustee Capacity Amendment, 20 January 2017 09 May 2017 (411.0 KB)
- Employment Relations (Higher Earners) Amendment Bill, 8 May 2017 09 May 2017 (526.4 KB)
- Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Bill, 1 May 2017 02 May 2017 (548.0 KB)
- Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: Strengthening Our Interest Limitation Rules, 1 May 2017 02 May 2017 (509.1 KB)
- Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: Transfer Pricing and Permanent Establishment Avoidance, 1 May 2017 02 May 2017 (504.3 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015