Law Commission Act 1985

5 Functions
  • (1) The principal functions of the Commission are—

    • (a) to take and keep under review in a systematic way the law of New Zealand:

    • (b) to make recommendations for the reform and development of the law of New Zealand:

    • (c) to advise on the review of any aspect of the law of New Zealand conducted by any government department or organisation (as defined in section 3A) and on proposals made as a result of the review:

    • (d) to advise the Minister of Justice and the responsible Minister on ways in which the law of New Zealand can be made as understandable and accessible as is practicable.

    (2) In making its recommendations, the Commission—

    • (a) shall take into account te ao Maori (the Maori dimension) and shall also give consideration to the multicultural character of New Zealand society; and

    • (b) shall have regard to the desirability of simplifying the expression and content of the law, as far as that is practicable.

    (3) Except as expressly provided otherwise in this or any other Act, the Commission must act independently in performing its statutory functions and duties, and exercising its statutory powers under—

    • (a) this Act; and

    • (b) any other Act that expressly provides for the functions, powers, or duties of the Commission (other than the Crown Entities Act 2004).

    Section 5(1)(c): amended, on 25 January 2005, pursuant to section 200 of the Crown Entities Act 2004 (2004 No 115).

    Section 5(1)(d): amended, on 19 December 2002, by section 4 of the Law Commission Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 69).

    Section 5(3): added, on 25 January 2005, by section 200 of the Crown Entities Act 2004 (2004 No 115).