Connecting People and Parliament: How Lawyers Can Engage with the Legislature (On Demand)

Recorded Webinar 1 CPD Hr
Your desk or on your portable device


Knowledge of the key stages of the legislative process enables lawyers to better serve their clients and advocate more effectively. Select Committees are parliamentary institutions that play a pivotal role in the passage of legislation, particularly in our unicameral system. They undertake detailed scrutiny work on a range of different matters and report their findings to the House of Representatives. It is the point in the legislative process when lawyers can influence and assist clients by making effective submissions.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the webinar participants will be able to:

  • Explain the functions of Parliament and the role that select committees play
  • Discuss the Select Committee process and how committees engage with the public
  • Outline the ways people can engage with Parliament and its committees, including how to access information and make effective submissions
  • Identify the various stages of a bill throughout its lifecycle

Who should view?

A refresher for any lawyer wanting an update on the legislative process and for lawyers who wish to make submissions on or influence the content of legislation.


Order timeframe

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.


Wendy Hart
Select Committee Services

Wendy is an Operational Manager in the Office of the Clerk, the secretariat to the House and its committees.  She leads a team in Select Committee Services, which supports committees to carry out the most intensive work of the House and the interchange between parliamentarians and the public. Wendy’s experience in the public service began in 2005, and includes time as a Researcher-Inquiry Facilitator with the Waitangi Tribunal, private secretary to the Minister of Women's Affairs, and a Parliamentary Relations Officer working with the international parliamentary community.