Legislation (Recognition of Overseas Lawyers) Order 2014

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Legislation (Recognition of Overseas Lawyers) Order 2014

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 14th day of April 2014

His Excellency the Governor-General in Council

Pursuant to section 68(3) of the Legislation Act 2012, His Excellency the Governor-General makes the following order, acting—

  • (a) on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council; and

  • (b) on the recommendation of the Attorney-General.


1 Title
  • This order is the Legislation (Recognition of Overseas Lawyers) Order 2014.

2 Commencement
  • This order comes into force on 19 May 2014.

3 Specified countries and jurisdictions
  • This clause specifies for the purposes of section 68(1)(b) and (2)(b) of the Legislation Act 2012 the following countries or jurisdictions:

    • (a) Australia (including, without limitation, all or any of the States or Territories of Australia):

    • (b) Canada (including, without limitation, all or any of the Provinces or Territories of Canada):

    • (c) Ireland:

    • (d) United Kingdom (including, without limitation, all or any of England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, but excluding British Overseas Territories).

Michael Webster,
Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This order, which comes into force on 19 May 2014, is made under section 68(3) of the Legislation Act 2012 (the Act). A person who is eligible to practise law in a country or jurisdiction specified by an order under section 68(3) of the Act meets, under section 68(1)(b) and (2)(b) of the Act, the following requirements:

  • the legal qualification requirement in section 66(3)(a) of the Act for the office of Chief Parliamentary Counsel; and

  • the legal qualification requirement in section 67(2) of the Act for a position as a parliamentary counsel.

Those requirements can also be met under section 68(1)(a) or (2)(a) (by being a lawyer as defined in section 6 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006) or section 68(1)(c) or (2)(c) (by holding a qualification that the Attorney-General or, as the case requires, the Chief Parliamentary Counsel, considers is sufficient for the position).

British Overseas Territories are, in line with Schedule 1 of the Interpretation Act 1978 (UK), listed in Schedule 6 of the British Nationality Act 1981 (UK).

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 17 April 2014.

This order is administered by the Parliamentary Counsel Office.