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.
- Taxation of Trusts (further consultation), 13 April 2018 19 Apr 2018 (411.1 KB)
- Legal Aid: combined jurisdiction application form, 12 April 2018 16 Apr 2018 (405.3 KB)
- Immigration Protection Tribunal, draft Practice Notes 2018, 12 April 2018 16 Apr 2018 (505.8 KB)
- State Sector and Crown Entities Reform Bill, 11 April 2018 11 Apr 2018 (563.2 KB)
- Commerce (Criminalisation of Cartels) Amendment Bill, 5 April 2018 09 Apr 2018 (417.3 KB)
- Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Bill, 5 April 2018 05 Apr 2018 (485.0 KB)
- Conservation (Infringment System) Bill, 4 April 2018 05 Apr 2018 (563.4 KB)
- Employment Relations Amendment Bill, 4 April 2018 05 Apr 2018 (556.0 KB)
- Application of the Common Reporting Standard to corporate trustees within a professional group, 27 March 2018 28 Mar 2018 (363.9 KB)
- Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007, proposed amendments – consultation document, 23 March 2018 26 Mar 2018 (385.5 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015