Reprint as at 1 March 2017

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Law Reform Act 1936

Public Act
1936 No 31
Date of assent
18 September 1936
18 September 1936

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 Justice and the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (Part 3).


1Short Title
2Act divided into Parts
3Effect of death on certain causes of action
4This Part to form part of Deaths by Accidents Compensation Act 1908 [Repealed]
5Extension of terms parent and child for purposes of principal Act [Repealed]
6Funeral expenses recoverable [Repealed]
7In assessing damages, no account to be taken of any gain consequent on the death of the deceased person [Repealed]
8Application of this Part [Repealed]
9Amount of liability to be charge on insurance moneys payable against that liability
9AClaims for damages or compensation against estate of deceased owner where no administrator
10Consequential repeals
11This Part to form part of the Married Women’s Property Act 1908 [Repealed]
12Capacity of married women [Repealed]
13Property of married women [Repealed]
14Abolition of husband’s liability for wife’s torts and ante-nuptial contracts, debts, and obligations [Repealed]
15Savings [Repealed]
16Consequential amendments
17Proceedings against, and contribution between, joint and several tortfeasors
18Defence of common employment abolished
19Provisions as to covenants in leases not to assign, etc, without licence or consent [Repealed]
Reprint notes

An Act to effect reforms in the law relating to—


the effect of death in relation to causes of action;


the payment of compensation under the Deaths by Accidents Compensation Act 1908;


charges on insurance moneys payable as indemnity for liability to pay damages or compensation;


the capacity, property, and liabilities of married women, and the liabilities of husbands;


proceedings against and contributions between tortfeasors;


the liability of employers to their servants for injuries caused by the negligence of fellow servants; and


covenants in leases not to assign or underlet without consent of lessor