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New Zealand Law Commission

Law Commission

Te Aka Matua O Te Ture
Agency overview
Formed 1 February 1986
Headquarters Wellington, New Zealand
Employees 25 to 35 (varies)[1]
Annual budget NZ$4.101 million[2]
Minister responsible Varies[3]
Agency executive Hon Sir Grant Hammond KNZM, President

New Zealand's Law Commission was established in 1986 by the Law Commission Act 1985.[4][5] The Commission is an independent Crown entity (ICE) as defined in the Crown Entities Act 2004.[6]

The main objective of the Law Commission as declared in its founding legislation is to monitor and critically analyze the law of New Zealand with a view to identifying—and proposing solutions to—its possible shortcomings.[7]


As of 2014, the Law Commission comprises four members:


The Commission's areas of interest include:

See also


  1. ^ "Structure". Retrieved 7 September 2014. The Commission employs 25 to 35 staff, including legal research and policy advisers, corporate support and library staff. 
  2. ^ Scott Simpson; Paul Foster-Bell, Joanne Hayes, et al. (2014). 2012/13 financial review of the Law Commission (Report). The Justice and Electoral Committee. "In 2012/13, the total revenue of the commission was $4.101 million, and its total expenditure was $4.256 million, resulting in a deficit of $154,000 (in 2011/12 the commission reported a small surplus of $64,000)."
  3. ^ Crown Entities Act 2004 p200 "(...) responsible Minister means the Minister of the Crown who, under the authority of any warrant or with the authority of the Prime Minister, is for the time being responsible for the administration of this Act."
  4. ^ Establishment. Law Commission Act 1985—Section 4. "For the purpose of this Act, there is hereby established a commission to be called the Law Commission."
  5. ^ Short Title and commencement. Law Commission Act 1985—Section 1. "This Act shall come into force on 1 February 1986."
  6. ^ Crown Entities Act 2004 p91
  7. ^ "Functions". Law Commission Act 1985—Section 5. "The principal functions of the Commission are (...) to take and keep under review in a systematic way the law of New Zealand (...) to make recommendations for the reform and development of the law of New Zealand (...) to advise on the review of any aspect of the law of New Zealand conducted by any government department or organisation (...)."
  8. ^ "Commissioners". Retrieved 7 September 2014. Appointed until May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Commissioners". Retrieved 7 September 2014. Appointed until December 2017. 
  10. ^ "Commissioners". Retrieved 7 September 2014. Appointed until March 2017. 
  11. ^ "New appointment to Law Commission". Scoop Media. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Commissioners". Retrieved 7 September 2014. Appointed until December 2015. 
  13. ^ Bingham, Eugene (27 May 2008). "Call to streamline formal inquiry system".  
  14. ^ Koubaridis, Andrew (31 May 2008). "Weird old laws can still trap the unwary".  
  15. ^ "Lawyers call for abolition of sedition laws".  
  16. ^ "Review of the Civil List Act 1979 (PDF)". Law Commission. 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "The Law Commission Recommendations". Retrieved 7 September 2014. The Law Commission has completed its review of New Zealand's liquor laws and has released its report of the findings (...). 

External links

  • Law Commission's official website
  • TalkLaw – the Law Commission's online consultation website
  • Law Commission Act 1985

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