What we do

The Law Commission reviews, reforms and develops New Zealand law.  We then make recommendations to Government to improve the law. 

We also advise our Responsible Minister and government agencies on how to make the law more accessible and easier to understand. 

The Commission has a commitment to consult the public on areas of law that we review. We promote discussion and consultation by publishing Issues Papers. We invite submissions from the public before we make recommendations to the Minister. 

We publish these recommendations in a report to Parliament. The government then decides whether and how it will amend the law.

The Law Commission is an Independent Crown Entity. This makes us different from other state sector agencies. The Government does not direct how we carry out our work or the recommendations we make.

You can read the Law Commission Act online here