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.
- Tribunals Powers and Procedures Legislation Bill (NZLS Regulatory), 16 February 2016 20 Feb 2018 (541.1 KB)
- Tribunals Powers and Procedures Legislation Bill (tribunals provisions), 16 February 2016 20 Feb 2018 (593.3 KB)
- Courts Matters Bill, 16 February 2016 20 Feb 2018 (500.9 KB)
- Brokering (Weapons and Related Items) Controls Bill, 14 February 2018 14 Feb 2018 (625.1 KB)
- Taxation (Neutralising Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Bill, 13 February 2018 13 Feb 2018 (697.4 KB)
- CRS and Corporate Trustees, 7 February 2018 08 Feb 2018 (398.3 KB)
- Mental health rosters: review, 1 February 2018 02 Feb 2018 (497.8 KB)
- Returning Offenders (Management and Information) Act 2015, statutory review, 30 January 2018 01 Feb 2018 (466.4 KB)
- When is an arrangement considered to be “materially different” from the arrangement identified in a private or product ruling? 01 Feb 2018 (383.1 KB)
- Overseas Investment Amendment Bill, 24 January 2018 25 Jan 2018 (561.3 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015