This project reported on the Imperial Laws Application Bill introduced in the Parliament of New Zealand on 21 October 1986.
Terms of reference
Purpose of reference
- To propose ways of making legislation as understandable and accessible as practicable and of ensuring that it is kept under review in a systematic way.
- To ascertain what changes, if any, are necessary or desirable in the law relating to the interpretation of legislation.
With these purposes in mind, the Commission is 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.
Imperial Legislation in Force in New Zealand (NZLC R1, 1987)
The Commission's Report, Imperial Legislation in Force in New Zealand (NZLC R1, 1987).
The Government responded by implementing the Imperial Laws Application Act 1988 and associated legislation.
There was no requirement for the Government to present a formal response to Commission reports before April 2009.