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.
- Income tax - when is development or division work minor, 20 December 2019 23 Jan 2020 (217.0 KB)
- Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Bill, 17 January 2020 22 Jan 2020 (241.8 KB)
- Firearms Prohibition Orders – consultation, 13 January 2020 16 Jan 2020 (298.1 KB)
- Dispute Resolution, Model Standards, 15 January 2020 15 Jan 2020 (348.2 KB)
- Climate-related financial disclosure, 17 December 2019 17 Dec 2019 (296.8 KB)
- Insolvency practitioner licensing standards, 13 December 2019 16 Dec 2019 (309.3 KB)
- GST treatment of short-stay accommodation, beneficiaries and trustees renting, 10 December 2019 12 Dec 2019 (249.1 KB)
- Te Ture Whenua Māori (Succession, Dispute Resolution, and Related Matters) Amendment Bill, 26 November 2019 29 Nov 2019 (259.4 KB)
- Temporary Migrant Worker Exploitation review, 27 November 2019 28 Nov 2019 (301.3 KB)
- Fair Pay Agreements System, 27 November 2019 27 Nov 2019 (363.9 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015