Reprint as at 17 June 2014

Electronic Transactions Act 2002

Public Act2002 No 35
Date of assent17 October 2002
Commencementsee section 2

Note

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.


Contents

1 Title

2 Commencement

Part 1
Preliminary

3 Purpose

4 Overview

5 Interpretation

6 Further provision relating to interpretation

7 Act binds the Crown

Part 2
Improving certainty in relation to electronic information and electronic communications

Validity

8 Validity of information

Default rules about dispatch and receipt of electronic communications

9 When default rules in sections 10 to 13 apply

10 Time of dispatch

11 Time of receipt

12 Place of dispatch

13 Place of receipt

13A Time of communication of acceptance of offer

Part 3
Application of legal requirements to electronic transactions

Subpart 1Preliminary

14 When Part applies

15 When legal requirement can be met by electronic means

16 Consent to use of electronic technology

17 When integrity of information maintained

Subpart 2Legal requirements

Writing

18 Legal requirement that information be in writing

19 Legal requirement to record information in writing

20 Legal requirement to give information in writing

21 Legal requirements relating to layout and format of certain information and writing materials

Signatures

22 Legal requirement for signature

23 Legal requirement that signature or seal be witnessed

24 Presumption about reliability of electronic signatures

Retention

25 Legal requirement to retain document or information that is in paper or other non-electronic form

26 Legal requirement to retain information that is in electronic form

27 Extra conditions for electronic communications

Provision and production of, and access to, information

28 Legal requirement to provide or produce information that is in paper or other non-electronic form

29 Legal requirement to provide or produce information that is in electronic form

30 Legal requirement to provide access to information that is in paper or other non-electronic form

31 Legal requirement to provide access to information that is in electronic form

Originals

32 Originals

Subpart 3Miscellaneous

33 Legal requirement relating to content of information

34 Copyright

35 Review of enactments and provisions excluded from Part 3

36 Regulations

37 Authority to prescribe electronic forms and requirements for using electronic forms

38 Related amendment to Interpretation Act 1999

Schedule
Enactments and provisions excluded from Part 3

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