This project followed a series of projects tasked with advising on ways in which the law could be made as understandable and accessible as possible. The main subject of this project was the question of format and design of legislation.
Other projects in this series include:
Terms of reference
The Commission was asked to examine and review:
- the language and structures of legislation
- arrangements for the systematic monitoring and review of legislation
- the law relating to the interpretation of legislation
- the provisions of the Acts Interpretation Act 1924 and related legislation;
and to recommend changes, as appropriate, to the relevant law and practice.
The Format of Legislation (NZLC R27, 1993)
The Commission's Report, The Format of Legislation (NZLC R27, 1993).
The Commission’s recommendations were adopted by Chief Parliamentary Counsel.
There was no requirement for the Government to present a formal response to Commission reports before April 2009.