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.
- National Policy Statement, Highly Productive Land, 14 October 2019 17 Oct 2019 (274.7 KB)
- National Policy Statement, Urban Development, 14 October 2019 17 Oct 2019 (247.5 KB)
- Supplementary Submission, Intellectual Property Laws Omnibus Bill Discussion Paper, 3 October 2019 10 Oct 2019 (220.8 KB)
- Abortion Legislation Bill, 20 September 2019 25 Sep 2019 (308.6 KB)
- Electoral Amendment Bill, 20 September 2019 20 Sep 2019 (255.5 KB)
- Referendums Framework Bill, 16 September 2019 20 Sep 2019 (175.4 KB)
- Register of Lawyers – potential Rules change, personal safety and privacy concerns, 17 September 2019 17 Sep 2019 (208.2 KB)
- Jury Amendment Rules 2019, 16 September 2019 17 Sep 2019 (129.6 KB)
- Distributions from foreign trusts, 12 September 2019 12 Sep 2019 (209.3 KB)
- Plant Variety Rights Options Paper, 11 September 2019 12 Sep 2019 (343.2 KB)
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015