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New Zealand Bill of Rights Act and declarations of inconsistency by the senior Courts – changes welcomed

New Zealand Bill of Rights Act and declarations of inconsistency by the senior Courts – changes welcomed

The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa has told Parliament’s Privileges committee that it supports the introduction of a formal mechanism for the Government and Parliament to consider and respond to a declaration of inconsistency made under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 or…

Devices in courtroom

Directions for electronic casebooks are now the norm in the High Court. Many of us have now grasped working remotely, AV appearances, & electronic discovery. Despite this there continues to be a reluctance in the profession, not only from the bar, to lessen reliance on paper and commit to use…
Supreme Court roundup 26 March - 1 April

Supreme Court roundup 26 March - 1 April

Decisions, proceedings and news from the highest courts in some common law jurisdictions in the past week.
CPD declarations due

CPD declarations due

A reminder that the CPD year ended on 31 March 2021 and your CPD declaration is due no later than 5 working days after this date. This year, the final day to make your declaration is Friday, 9 April 2021.
New approach to assist those seeking refugee status and protection

New approach to assist those seeking refugee status and protection

The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa welcomes the suite of documents recently published by MBIE’s Refugee Status Unit (RSU) to assist individuals who are looking to claim refugee and protection status in New Zealand.
Supreme Court roundup 19-25 Mar

Supreme Court roundup 19-25 Mar

Decisions, proceedings and news from the highest courts in some common law jurisdictions in the past week.

Misapplication of funds

The Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal, administered by the Ministry of Justice, has made an interim order to suspend Jesse Seang Ty Nguy from practice effective immediately until the disciplinary action being taken against him has concluded. The Auckland Standards Committee No 2 made the application for suspension to the Tribunal…

Organisational Culture - how to change or improve you culture

Learning & organizational development consultant Rachel Masters continues her series looking at organisational culture.
Law firm issued formal warning for non-compliance with anti-money laundering legislation

Law firm issued formal warning for non-compliance with anti-money laundering legislation

Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has issued a formal warning to a law firm for a case of non-compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT Act).

Concerns about tax policy development and the quality of tax legislation highlighted to Minister

The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa has raised concerns about the effectiveness of tax policy development and quality of tax legislation. Following engagement with Inland Revenue officials, the Law Society recently wrote to Minister Parker, as Minister of Revenue and Attorney-General, urging a return to the…
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