Law Commission dispatches

Publication Date 
01 February 2018
  • Law Commission President Douglas White has been appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the judiciary in the New Year 2018 Honours. He told Stuff "I am very lucky to be still working in the law and the area of law reform." 
  • The Honourable Justice Joseph Williams, who chairs the Law Commission’s Māori Liaison Committee, has just been appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal. He discussed his appointment as the first speaker of Te Reo Māori to be appointed to the Court of Appeal Court with RNZ’s Morning Report.
  • All four Law Commissioners attended Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa Hui-ā-Tau late last year and three had the opportunity to speak to the hui.
  • The Law Commission will soon depart its Featherston Street residence, moving to a new home in Solnet House on The Terrace, where we will be neighbours with, among others, the Office of the Ombudsman.
  • One of our senior legal and policy advisers, Nichola Lambie, appeared as a guest on The New Lawyer podcast, talking about her work with the Law Commission. You can listen to it here.
  • After a 2015 recommendation from the Law Commission, District Courts in Whangarei and Auckland started a pilot to reduce the time of sexual violence trials. Now trials are taking about 9 months, rather than the previous average of 1.5 to 2 years - RNZ.
  • Law Commissioner Helen McQueen will be acting as a commentator on a paper by Maria Hook and Jack Wass on cross-border relationship property issues. The workshop at which the Commission will be commentating is on Cross-Border Issues in Australasian Courts at Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law, 13-14 February 2018.
  • Douglas White will be presenting a paper at a one-day symposium on the future of class actions at the University of Auckland Business School on 15 March 2018. For more information, please contact the organiser: Nikki Chamberlain on