Committees

The committees of ADLS work to promote the interests of special interest groups and sections within the profession and to encourage the development of specialisation and expertise.

Criminal Law

The ADLS Criminal Law Committee keeps a watching brief on all issues touching on administration of criminal justice. The Committee liaises closely with a wide range of service providers in the criminal justice sector. The Committee works with the CBA and other organisations on issues including legal aid. It fosters collegiality and support through events such as the annual South Auckland Bar and Bench dinner. The Committees membership includes some of the most senior criminal lawyers.

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Documents & Precedents

The ADLS Documents and Precedents Committee is a cornerstone of the organisation, with an unparalleled record of producing hundreds of high quality standard forms and precedents, including the prestigious Agreement for Sale and Purchase of Real Estate. Its continued success lies in attracting specialist lawyers from a range of disciplines who have a passion for the role of the forms, the provision of high quality and accurate drafting and who like finding practical and elegant solutions for lawyers in light of constant developments in legislation and practice.

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Employment Law

The ADLS Employment Law Committee represents practitioners in regular meetings with judges, mediators, Government departments and other employment-related institutions such as trade unions. Committee Members regularly publish articles and have implemented initiatives such as a pro-bono Assistance Scheme for unrepresented litigants in the Employment Court. It runs a full programme of events including the “Burning Issues” seminars, the Employment Law dinner and various conferences. It is one of the biggest and most vibrant ADLS committees and attracts lawyers with a passion for all aspects of employment law.

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Environment and Resource Management Law

The ADLS Environment & Resource Management Committee monitors legal development in the fields of resource management, local government and environment law. It assists the profession by way of regular updates, articles and training on the practical implications for the profession of the many developments in environment and RMA legislation and policy. This committee has a national membership that encompasses academic, local government and private practice lawyers who specialise in environment and resource management law.

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Family Law

The ADLS Family Law Committee is actively involved in preserving the public’s access to justice throughout the on-going raft of reforms to the Family Court. The Committee makes submissions on draft legislation and actively engages with the Ministry of Justice on legal aid and other issues affecting both practitioners and the public e.g. the protection of children. It monitors the development in case law, including relationship property matters, and regularly communicates with the profession through surveys and articles.

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Health & Safety Law

The ADLS Health & Safety Law Committee will monitor the emerging legal development as cases progress under the new Health and Safety in Employment Act. The Committee has a national composition of key players in the field including members representing Worksafe, insurers, the NZ Council of Trade Unions as well as private practice lawyers. The Committee will endeavour to assist the profession by way of regular updates, articles and training on the practical implications for the profession of the many anticipated developments in health and safety legislation, policy and case law.

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Immigration & Refugee Law

The ADLS Immigration & Refugee Law Committee organises a range of seminars for lawyers seeking to enter into or improve in the practice of immigration law. It fosters support and collegiality with a focus on best practice and preserving the role of lawyers in the immigration process. In addition to making submissions and advocating for law reform the Committee liaises with Immigration NZ, the Immigration Protection Tribunal and the UNHCR in its attempts to safeguard the rights of refugees.

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Mental Health & Disability

The ADLS Mental Health & Disability Law Committee is unique in its role in that it is responsible for the administration of the Auckland wide Mental Health rosters which ensure that all patients have access to legal advice. It proactively engages with the DHB’s to protect the interests of patients, it drafts the Best Practice Guidelines for mental health lawyers and organises a variety of educational events for the profession. It consults and lobbies actively with Government departments and has successfully safeguarded levels of mental health legal aid funding.

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Property Disputes

When parties in relation to property issue are unable to resolve their dispute their legal representatives are free to submit the papers relevant to their claim to the ADLS Property Disputes Committee for an independent and binding decision to be made. The Committee comprises a panel of expert lawyers and often deals with complex practical issues that often have no precedent in case law and publish their decisions in a widely referred to manual. The Committee offers lawyers with a wide range practical experience an opportunity to provide an invaluable service to the profession.

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28 Apr 2016

Land Transfer Bill 2016

Submission on the Land Transfer Bill 2016

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23 Feb 2016

Standard Pre-trial Directions

Standard Pre-trial Directions

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26 Jan 2016

Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill Exposure

Submission on Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill Exposure

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25 Jan 2016

Taxation (Residential Land Withholding Tax, GST on Online Services, and Student Loans) Bill

Submission on Taxation (Residential Land Withholding Tax, GST on Online Services, and Student Loans) Bill

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02 Oct 2015

Residential Land Withholding Tax

Submission on Residential Property Withholding Tax – Issues Paper

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09 Jul 2015

Submission on Taxation (Land Information and Offshore Persons Information) Bill

Submission on Taxation (Land Information and Offshore Persons Information) Bill

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14 Oct 2014

Unfair Contract Terms Guidelines

Submissions to the Commerce Commission on the Unfair Contract Terms Guidelines

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20 Mar 2014

Agreement to Lease - Fifth Edition 2012 (3)

Below is a sample version of the document with highlights showing the changes between the latest edition and its predecessor.

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20 Mar 2014

Particulars and Conditions of Sale of Real Estate by Auction - Fourth Edition 2012 (3)

Below is a sample version of the document with highlights showing the changes between the latest edition and its predecessor.

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13 Mar 2014

Deed of Lease - Sixth Edition 2012 (4)

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24 Feb 2014

Agreement for Sale & Purchase of a Business - Fourth Edition 2008 (3)

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24 Feb 2014

Harmful Digital Communications Bill 2013

Submission on the Harmful Communications Bill 2013

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04 Feb 2014

Deed of Lease - Sixth Edition 2012 (3)

Below is a sample version of the document with highlights showing the changes between the latest edition and its predecessor.

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16 Dec 2013

Deed of Lease - Sixth Edition 2012 (2)

Below is a sample version of the document with highlights showing the changes between the latest edition and its predecessor.

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16 Dec 2013

Agreement to Lease - Fifth Edition 2012 (2)

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16 Dec 2013

Agreement to Assign Lease - Fifth Edition 2012 (2)

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16 Dec 2013

Deed of Assignment of Lease - Fifth Edition 2012 (2)

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16 Dec 2013

Deed of Sublease - Second Edition 2012 (2)

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03 Dec 2013

Analysis of Results of Family Fixed Fee Survey

Analysis of Results of Family Fixed Fee Survey prepared by the Equal Justice Project

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06 Nov 2013

Particulars and Conditions of Sale of Real Estate by Auction - Fourth Edition 2012 (2)

Below is a sample version of the document with highlights showing the changes between the latest edition and its predecessor.

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06 Nov 2013

Particulars and Conditions of Sale of Real Estate by Tender - Fourth Edition 2012 (3)

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06 Nov 2013

Agreement for Sale & Purchase of Real Estate - Ninth Edition 2012 (2)

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19 Jul 2013

Employment Relations Amendment Bill

Submission to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee.

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24 May 2013

Submissions on the LINZ Exposure Draft of the Land Transfer Bill 2013

Submission to Land Information New Zealand on the LINZ Exposure Draft of the Land Transfer Bill 2013

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28 Feb 2013

Resource Management Reform Bill 2012

Submission to the Local Government and Environment Parliamentary Select Committee on the ‘Resource Management Reform Bill 2012.

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28 Feb 2013

Executive Summary on the Law Commission Review of the Law of Trusts Preferred Approach Paper

Submissions to the Law Commission on the Review of the Law of Trusts Preferred Approach Paper

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20 Feb 2013

Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill

Submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee on the Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill

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15 Feb 2013

Criminal Procedure Act 2012 - Consultation on proposed changes to the Criminal Fixed Fee Schedules

Submission to Ministry of Justice on Consultation on proposed changes to the Criminal Fixed Fee Schedules.

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08 Feb 2013

Submissions on the Unit Title Amendments Bill

Submission to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on the Unit Titles Amendment Bill

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29 Nov 2012

Resource Management (Restricted Duration of Certain Discharge and Coastal Permits) Amendment Bill

Submission to the Local Government and Environment Parliamentary Select Committee on the ‘Resource Management (Restricted Duration of Certain Discharge and Coastal Permits) Amendment Bill.

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19 Nov 2012

Particulars and Conditions of Sale of Real Estate by Auction - Fourth Edition 2012

Below is a sample version of the document with highlights showing the changes between the latest edition and its predecessor.

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19 Nov 2012

Particulars and Conditions of Sale of Real Estate by Tender - Fourth Edition 2012

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05 Nov 2012

Deed of Lease - Sixth Edition 2012

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02 Nov 2012

Civil Fees Review

Submission to the Ministry of Justice on Civil Fees Review

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02 Nov 2012

Civil Fees Review: A public consultation paper

A submission to the Ministry of Justice on the discussion document: Civil Fees Review, specifically the section on Employment Court fee proposals

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18 Oct 2012

Agreement to Assign Lease - Fifth Edition 2012

Below is a sample version of the document with highlights showing the changes between the latest edition and its predecessor.

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18 Oct 2012

Deed of Assignment of Lease - Fifth Edition 2012

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17 Oct 2012

Deed of Sublease - Second Edition 2012

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26 Jul 2012

Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill

Submission to the Local Government and Environment Committee on the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill

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09 Jul 2012

Agreement for Sale & Purchase of Real Estate - Ninth Edition 2012

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09 Jul 2012

Memorandum on subclause 9.3 of the Ninth Edition 2012

Subclause 9.3 of the Agreement for Sale and Purchase of Real Estate Ninth Edition 2012

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29 Jun 2012

Bail Amendment Bill June 2012

Submission to the Law and Order Committee on the Bail Amendment Bill 2012

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08 Jun 2012

Immigration Amendment Bill 2012

Submission to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee on the Immigration Amendment Bill 2012

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24 May 2012

Credit Contracts Consumer Finance Amendment Bill

Submissions to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs on the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Amendment Bill

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23 Apr 2012

Financial Markets Conduct Bill

Submissions to the Commerce Select Committee on the Financial Markets Conduct Bill

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05 Apr 2012

Consumer Law Reform Bill

Submissions to the Commerce Select Committee on the Consumer Law Reform Bill

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16 Mar 2012

Fixed Fee Framework for Family Legal Aid

Submission to the Ministry of Justice on the paper: New Fixed Fees Framework for Family Legal Aid Providers

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29 Feb 2012

Family Court Review

Submission to the Ministry of Justice on the paper: Reviewing the Family Court: A public consultation paper

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01 Feb 2012

Property Managers and Body Corporate Secretaries. Is your money safe?

Paper issued by the Public Issues Committee of the Auckland District Law Society Inc.

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07 Nov 2011

Fixed Fees Framework for Criminal Legal Aid

Submission to Legal Aid Services, Ministry of Justice on its consultation on Fixed Fees Framework for Criminal Legal Aid

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31 Oct 2011

Law Commission's Review of the Incorporated Societies Act 1908

Submissions to the Law Commission on "Reforming the Incorporated Societies Act 1908"

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30 Sep 2011

Law Commission’s Fourth Issues Paper on the Review of the Law of Trusts

Submission to the Law Commission on the Fourth Issues Paper on the Law of Trusts; "The Duties, Office and Powers of a Trustee: Review of Law of Trusts Fourth Issues Paper"

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30 Sep 2011

Legal Assistance (Sustainability) Amendment Bill 2011

Submission to Justice and Electoral Committee on Clause 12 of the Legal Assistance (Sustainability) Amendment Bill 2011

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19 Sep 2011

Response to INZ Policy Review Regarding the Role and Scope of its ‘PPI’ process in offshore applications for temporary visas

Submission to Immigration New Zealand in response to INZ Policy Review Regarding the Role and Scope of its ‘PPI’ process in offshore applications for temporary visas

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15 Sep 2011

Agreement for Sale & Purchase of a Business - Fourth Edition 2008 (2)

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02 Sep 2011

Intervention Rule - 2011

Submission on behalf of ADLS to New Zealand Law Society on the Intervention Rule

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29 Aug 2011

Intervention Rule

Submission to the New Zealand Law Society on the Intervention Rule

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28 Jul 2011

Law Commission’s Third Issues Paper on the Review of the Law of Trusts

Submissions to the Law Commission on "Review of the Law of Trusts - Third Issues Paper"

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23 Jun 2011

Agreement to Lease - Fifth Edition 2012

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23 May 2011

Proposed New Operating Model for District Courts in the Greater Auckland Area

Submission to the Ministry of Justice on the discussion document: Proposed New Operating Model for District Courts in Auckland

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17 May 2011

Law Commission's Second Issues Paper on the Review of the Law of Trusts

Submissions to the Law Commission on the "Review of the Law of Trusts - Second Issues Paper"

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13 May 2011

Bail in New Zealand: Reviewing aspects of the bail system

Submission to the Ministry of Justice on the public consultation document - Bail in New Zealand Reviewing aspects of the bail system.

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05 Apr 2011

Supplementary response to OECD Privacy Questionnaire

Supplementary response in respect of the Questionnaire for reviewing the OECD Guidelines Governing the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data (Privacy Guidelines)

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18 Mar 2011

Response to OECD Privacy Questionnaire

Submission to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner in respect of the Questionnaire for reviewing the OECD Guidelines Governing the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data (Privacy Guidelines)

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18 Feb 2011

Criminal Procedure (Reform & Modernisation) Bill

Submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee on the Criminal Procedure (Reform & Modernisation) Bill

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18 Feb 2011

Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill

Submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee on the Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill

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11 Feb 2011

Aquaculture Legislation Amendment Bill (No 3)

Submission to the Local Primary Production Committee on the Aquaculture Legislation Amendment Bill (No 3)

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16 Nov 2010

Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill 2010

Submission to the Maori Affairs Committee on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill 2010

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20 Oct 2010

Legal Aid Quality Framework – Proposed Entry Criteria and Practice Standards

Submission to the Ministry of Justice on the discussion document: Legal Aid Quality Framework – Proposed Entry Criteria and Practice Standards

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20 Oct 2010

Legal Aid Quality Framework - Proposed Entry Criteria and Practice Standards

Submission the Ministry of Justice on the consultation document: Legal Aid Quality Framework - Proposed Entry Criteria and Practice Standards

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20 Oct 2010

Legal Aid Quality Framework - Proposed Entry Criteria and Practice Standards

Submission to the Ministry of Justice on the consultation document: Legal Aid Quality Framework - Proposed Entry Criteria and Practice Standards

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20 Oct 2010

Consumer Law Reform: Additional Paper - Unfair Contract Terms

Submissions to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs on the "Consumer Law Reform Additional Paper, September 2010 - Unfair Contract Terms"

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08 Oct 2010

Legal Services Bill

Submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee on the Legal Services Bill

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07 Sep 2010

Consumer Guarantees Amendment Bill

Submissions to the Commerce Committee on the Consumer Guarantees Amendment Bill

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25 Aug 2010

Securities Law Review

Submissions to the Ministry of Economic Development on Review of Securities Law

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03 Aug 2010

Consumer Law Reform - A discussion paper

Submissions to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs in response to the "Consumer Law Reform - A discussion paper, June 2010"

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09 Jul 2010

Review of Immigration Policies for Religious Workers

Submission to the Department of Labour in response to the Review of Immigration Policies for Religious Workers consultation document

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18 Jun 2010

Preferred Lawyer and Criminal Legal Aid Assignment Consultation

Submission to the Legal Services Agency on the Preferred Lawyer and Criminal Legal Aid Assignment Consultation document

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15 Jun 2010

Draft Code of Professional Conduct for Authorised Financial Advisors

Submissions to the Code Committee on draft Code of Professional Conduct for Authorised Financial Advisors

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14 Jun 2010

Patents Bill - clause 15(3A)

Submission to the Minister of Commerce in respect of the Patents Bill - clause 15(3A)

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21 May 2010

Review of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 - Controlling and Regulating Drugs

Submission to the Law Commission on the Review of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 - Controlling and Regulating Drugs

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20 Apr 2010

Courts (Remote Participation) Bill 2009

Submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee on the Courts (Remote Participation) Bill 2009

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31 Mar 2010

A Focus on Victims of Crime - A review of victim's rights

Submission to the Ministry of Justice on the consultation document: A Focus on Victims of Crime - A review of victim's rights

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20 Jun 2016

Incorporated Societies Bill - Exposure draft

Submission to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment on the Exposure draft of the Incorporated Societies Bill.

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16 Sep 2016

Phase Two of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism Act

Submission to the AML/CFT Consultation Team on Phase Two of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism Act: Improving New Zealand's ability to tack money laundering and terrorist financing.

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