The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa continues to have a very active law reform and advocacy work programme, making submissions to select committees on Bills and to government departments (including the Ministry of Justice, MBIE, Inland Revenue), the judiciary, the Rules Committee and the Law Commission.
Our law reform work is central to representing the profession and speaking out in the public interest on key issues such as access to justice, constitutional protections, the rule of law, operation of the justice system, and the quality of legislation. This work relies on the voluntary contributions of lawyers on 16 specialist committees and Family Law Section and Property Law Section panels, providing expert advice relating to law reform and advocacy, with overall co-ordination by the Law Reform Committee.
Significant topics covered in submissions over the period 2020 to date (mid-2021) included:
These submissions, and others, can be accessed via the NZLS website –
Bills submissions (by year, and title)
Submissions on other reform proposals/consultations - search by topic: Access to Justice / legal aid, Civil, Commercial, Criminal, Rule of Law / Human Rights, etc.