Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Law Reform Committee report highlights rule of law concerns

MEDIA RELEASE – For immediate use, 2 February 2012

Law Reform Committee report highlights rule of law concerns

The New Zealand Law Society expressed its concern on a number of occasions in 2011 to parliamentary select committees and the Attorney-General about potential infringements of the rule of law, New Zealand Bill of Rights Act or human rights.

The Law Society’s Law Reform Committee has released a report on its active contribution to New Zealand law reform work in 2011. The report states that the Law Society wrote to the Attorney-General on four occasions during the year in relation to rule of law, human rights and other matters.

In addition, the Law Society made 23 submissions on parliamentary Bills, eight select committee appearances, seven submissions on New Zealand Law Commission papers and 34 submissions on government discussion papers.
The Law Society is required to assist and promote the reform of law in New Zealand. It is supported in its work by its Law Reform Committee, 16 specialist committees and Family Law and Property Law Sections.

The report says a recurring concern was the limited time frame allowed for consultation on legislative proposals and, in some cases, the absence of consultation with important stakeholders.

“Recourse to urgency sometimes made consultation difficult,” the report says.

“In relation to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Bill and the Video Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill, however, the Law Society was able to have meaningful and effective input even though the time frames were very tight. On a positive note, greater use of the practice of making exposure drafts of Bills available before their introduction into the House was a welcome development.”

The report says during 2011 legislation relating to the Canterbury region, particularly the emergency response to the Canterbury earthquakes, raised some significant rule of law issues.

“The Law Society has a statutory responsibility to promote the rule of law in New Zealand and one of its specialist committees is the Rule of Law Committee. That committee monitors legislative proposals that raise rule of law issues, but its role also extends more widely to all matters that affect the rule of law in New Zealand and elsewhere.”

As well as the earthquake legislation, the Law Society wrote to the Attorney-General about bill of rights issues relating to proposed amendment of the Tax Administration Act 1994 and the parliamentary process for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill.

A copy of the Law Reform Annual Report (PDF File) Available Here

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On What We Could Do For Hong Kong, If Only We Dared

There has been something repulsive about PM Jacinda Ardern’s assurances that our joint 5 Eyes criticism of China’s actions over Hong Kong – and China’s harsh reaction – are all well understood on both sides. According to Ardern, it has been a case of us saying the sort of things we’ve said before, them acknowledging our need to do so, and then them responding much as we would expect them to do. All neat and tidy. Frankly, if all of this is merely virtue signalling on our part, and huffy declarations of independence on their part, then what’s the point of this diplomatic dance..? More>>


Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>


Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>


National: Leader’s Speech At Annual General Meeting

Good morning delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking as your leader. I’d like to acknowledge the party president, regional chairs, board members, National Party staff, our MPs, our candidates, and most importantly, you – the delegates, ... More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>


Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>


APEC: New Zealand Ready To Host Virtually

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels