New Zealand Law Commission
|Te Aka Matua O Te Ture|
|Formed||1 February 1986|
|Headquarters||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Employees||25 to 35 (varies)|
|Annual budget||NZ$4.101 million|
The main objective of the Law Commission as declared in its founding legislation is to monitor and critically analyse the laws of New Zealand with a view to identifying—and proposing solutions to—their possible shortcomings.
The commission is part of the Commonwealth Association of Law Reform Agencies.
As of May 2016, the Law Commission comprises for members:
- Hon Justice Douglas White QC - President
- Assoc Prof. Donna Buckingham
- Helen McQueen
- Hon Dr Wayne Mapp QSO
The Commission's areas of interest include:
- Lobbying for the modernization of the formal inquiry system
- Working on improving or repealing obsolete or otherwise inadequate laws
- Calling for the abolition of sedition laws
- Reviewing legal documents such as the Civil List Act 1979
- Scrutinizing New Zealand’s legislation such as its liquor laws
- "Structure". The New Zealand Ministry of Justice. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
The Commission employs 25 to 35 staff, including legal research and policy advisers, corporate support and library staff.
- Scott Simpson; Paul Foster-Bell; Joanne Hayes; et al. (2014). 2012/13 financial review of the Law Commission (Report). The Justice and Electoral Committee.
In 2012/13, the total revenue of the commission was $4.101 million, and its total expenditure was $4.256 million, resulting in a deficit of $154,000 (in 2011/12 the commission reported a small surplus of $64,000).
- Crown Entities Act 2004 p200 "(...) responsible Minister means the Minister of the Crown who, under the authority of any warrant or with the authority of the Prime Minister, is for the time being responsible for the administration of this Act."
- Establishment. Law Commission Act 1985—Section 4. "For the purpose of this Act, there is hereby established a commission to be called the Law Commission."
- Short Title and commencement. Law Commission Act 1985—Section 1. "This Act shall come into force on 1 February 1986."
- Crown Entities Act 2004 p91
- "Functions". Law Commission Act 1985—Section 5. "The principal functions of the Commission are (...) to take and keep under review in a systematic way the law of New Zealand (...) to make recommendations for the reform and development of the law of New Zealand (...) to advise on the review of any aspect of the law of New Zealand conducted by any government department or organisation (...)."
- "Commissioners". Retrieved 7 September 2014.
Appointed until March 2017.
- "New appointment to Law Commission". Scoop Media. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
- Bingham, Eugene (27 May 2008). "Call to streamline formal inquiry system". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- Koubaridis, Andrew (31 May 2008). "Weird old laws can still trap the unwary". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- "Lawyers call for abolition of sedition laws". The New Zealand Herald. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- "Review of the Civil List Act 1979 (PDF)" (PDF). Law Commission. 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
- "The Law Commission Recommendations". The Alcohol Healthwatch Trust. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
The Law Commission has completed its review of New Zealand's liquor laws and has released its report of the findings (...).