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.
- GST Policy Issues – Issues Paper, 26 May 2020 26 May 2020 (296.9 KB)
- Screen Industry Workers Bill, 25 May 2020 26 May 2020 (387.4 KB)
- Investment in US Limited Liability Companies, 13 May 2020 14 May 2020 (253.1 KB)
- Income tax – tax issues arising from ownership of overseas rental property, 13 May 2020 14 May 2020 (175.5 KB)
- l-AG-Covid Public Health Bill-12 5 20 12 May 2020 (151.0 KB)
- COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Bill 08 May 2020 (344.3 KB)
- Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Bill 2020 08 May 2020 (292.7 KB)
- Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill, 22 April 2020 23 Apr 2020 (307.6 KB)
- Inquiry into Parliamentary Scrutiny of Confirmable Instruments, 22 April 2020 22 Apr 2020 (226.1 KB)
- EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement, Geographical Indications, 17 April 2020 17 Apr 2020 (251.8 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015