Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

New Law Commisson President And Members Appointed

The Associate Minister of Justice, Margaret Wilson has announced the appointment of a new President and three new members of the Law Commission.

The 6-member Law Commission is an independent government-funded advisory body which reviews areas of the law that need updating, reforming or developing.

The Auckland-based High Court Judge, Justice Robertson is appointed as President of the Law Commission for a term of five years.

Bruce Robertson was a partner in the Dunedin law firm Ross Dowling Marquet & Griffin from 1969-1987 and was a Harkness fellow in 1972-73. He served on the Otago University council from 1969 to 1988 and was Pro Chancellor from 1982 to 1988. Justice Robertson has been a member of the Legislation Advisory Committee since 1986. He was the President of the New Zealand Legal Research Foundation from 1990-1999 and was the New Zealand representative on the Council of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration 1997-2000.

The three members of the Law Commission appointed are Judge Patrick Keane, a Wellington District Court Judge; Vivienne Ullrich, a Wellington Queen's Counsel; and Professor Ngatata Love, the former Chief Executive of Te Puni Korkiri. Professor Love and Ms Ullrich are appointed as part-time Commissioners.

Judge Keane was appointed a District Court Judge in 1987 and has also held appointment as a Taxation Review Authority since that time.

Ms Ullrich is a specialist family lawyer. She was appointed as a Queen's Counsel in 2000.

Professor Love was Dean of the Faculty of Business Studies at Massey University from 1986-1995 and Chief Executive of Te Puni Kokiri from 1995 until his recent retirement. He holds a Chair in the School of Business and Public Management at Victoria University.

The appointments replace those of the sitting Law Commission President, Justice Baragwanath, members Timothy Brewer and Margaret Lee and fill a vacancy on the Commission.

Ms Wilson thanked the retiring members of the Commission for their service and contribution to law reform and public understanding.

"It is important for the government to be able to obtain to high quality independent opinion as both a challenge and a stimulus to its own thinking. The Law Commission helps create informed debate on many public policy issues. Future work by the Commission can be expected to have a substantial impact on the continued improvement of our laws".

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>

 

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels