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Law Commission publishes Second Issues Paper in Review of Adult Decision-Making Capacity Law

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission has published the Second Issues Paper in our review of the law relating to adult decision-making capacity.  It focuses on the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988. However, a number of the issues we discuss are of much wider significance.

We have also published four Key Topic documents. These are short, plain-language summaries of a few of the most important topics in the Second Issues Paper and are available in many accessible formats and in te reo Māori.  

The Issues Paper and Key Topic documents are available on our project website: https://huarahi-whakatau.lawcom.govt.nz.

Submissions can be made online or by one of the alternative submission options noted on the project website. Submissions are due by 5pm Friday 21 June 2024.  


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Government response

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.