Kei te tūrama arotahi
In the spotlight
New Study Paper examining tikanga Māori and its place in Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal landscape
Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission has published a Study Paper: He Poutama (NZLC SP24), which completes the tikanga Māori project led by Hon Justice Christian Whata. The Study Paper reviews tikanga in Aotearoa New Zealand law and aims to give guidance to law makers and others interested in the ongoing interaction of tikanga and state law.
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Ngā mahi o te wā
A review of the protections in the Human Rights Act 1993 for people who are transgender, people who are non-binary and people with innate variations of sex characteristics
Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission is examining the protections in the Human Rights Act 1993 for people who are transgender, people who are non-binary and people with innate variations of sex characteristics.Visit project
Hapori whānui me te tangata mōrea nui: He arotake o te mauhere ārai hē me ngā ōta nō muri whakawhiu
Public safety and serious offenders: A review of preventive detention and post-sentence orders
We are reviewing the laws protecting the public from offenders who pose significant risks through preventive detention, extended supervision orders and public protection orders.Visit project
Te arotake tuatoru i te Evidence Act 2006
The third review of the Evidence Act 2006
The third and final statutory review by Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission of the Evidence Act 2006 under section 202(1) of the Act.Visit project
He arotake i te ture mō ngā huarahi whakatau a ngā pakeke
Review of adult decision-making capacity law
Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission is reviewing how the law should respond when an adult’s decision-making is affected.Visit project
Tō mātou kawenga i te whakawhanake o te ture
Our role in the development of the law
Our law reform reviews are referred to us by the Minister responsible for the Law Commission, who is currently the Minister of Justice.
Throughout a law reform review, we conduct extensive research into the area of law in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.
During a law reform review, we talk to a wide range of people to gain the fullest understanding of the issues and ideas for change. We do this through direct consultation and by inviting the public to tell us their views by making a submission.
Our research and engagement inform the recommendations we make to improve the law. At the end of a law reform review, we present our recommendations to the Minister in a final report. The Minister presents the report to Parliament.
The Government decides whether to implement our recommendations to reform the law and usually issues a formal response, which we publish on our website.
The government department responsible for the area of law leads the work to implement the recommendations the Government has accepted. This may include new or amended legislation or changes in operational policy or procedure.
We also advise our responsible Minister on areas of law for possible future review and reform. To do this, we monitor developments in the law and invite suggestions on areas for reform from the public.
Improving the law since 1987
We have undertaken over 150 law reform projects on a broad range of topics, all aimed at improving the law of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Our work has impact
Most of our reports are implemented either in whole or substantial part. Our publications are cited in parliament, the courts, the news and legal writing, sometimes decades after they are published.
We are independent
Our independence allows us to approach each law reform project with an open mind and to conduct thorough, fair reviews.
Te ao Māori in our work
We take te ao Māori and Māori perspectives into account in our work.
Making the law easier to access and to understand
We play a key role in improving the structure of and access to the legislation of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Our leadership has mana
Respected judges, legal practitioners and academics bring their experience and expertise to law reform as our Commissioners.
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Published: 21 September 2023
Published: 16 August 2023