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.
- Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill, 17 August 2017 17 Aug 2017 (423.3 KB)
- Marine Aquaculture, proposed NES, 4 August 2017 04 Aug 2017 (399.2 KB)
- Legal Aid Audit Policy: proposed amendments to allow greater use of on-site audits, 3 August 2017 04 Aug 2017 (359.7 KB)
- Proposed Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill, 27 July 2017 31 Jul 2017 (468.1 KB)
- Marriage (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill, 20 July 2017 24 Jul 2017 (568.9 KB)
- Taxation of Trusts, 12 July 2017 13 Jul 2017 (455.1 KB)
- Privacy Codes: intelligence & security disclosures, 10 July 2017 10 Jul 2017 (472.1 KB)
- Black Hole and Feasibility Expenditure, 6 July 2017 07 Jul 2017 (396.2 KB)
- Taxation (Annual Rates for 2017-18, Employment and Investment Income, and Remedial matters) Bill, 5 July 2017 06 Jul 2017 (572.7 KB)
- Review of the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010, 30 June 2017 30 Jun 2017 (449.3 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015