Te Arotake Tuatoru i te Evidence Act 2006 | The Third Review of the Evidence Act

Start date
30 May 2022
Amokura Kawharu
Researching issues
Project contact
Nichola Lambie
0800 832 526
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Project Overview

The Evidence Act 2006 brings together most of the rules of evidence in a single statute. It was based on the Law Commission’s 1999 report and decade-long review of evidence law in Aotearoa New Zealand.

In February 2022, the Minister of Justice referred to the Commission a review of the Evidence Act in accordance with section 202 of that Act. That section requires the Commission to review the operation of the provisions of the Evidence Act every five years and consider whether repeal or amendment of any provisions are necessary or desirable.

This will be the Commission’s third review of the Evidence Act. The first review was completed in 2013 and the second review was completed in 2019. This will also likely be the Commission’s final operational review of the Evidence Act under section 202, as the Statutes Amendment Bill 2021, currently before Parliament, seeks to repeal section 202 from the Evidence Act.

The Commission is currently identifying issues for inclusion in its third review of the Evidence Act. It will undertake a formal consultation process in 2023. The Commission is required to report to the Minister by February 2024.


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