Who is the governing body of the New Zealand Law Society
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From: Rochelle Butt
Dear New Zealand Law Society,
Please kindly could you make available to me, the governing body upon which you act under? In other words, who is the New Zealand Law Society accountable to?
What authority does the New Zealand Law Society have to apply Lawyer Conduct Rules and to hold lawyers accountable to those rules?
From: Paul Byers
New Zealand Law Society
Dear Ms Butt,
Thank you for your email.
The Official Information Act 1982 does not apply to the New Zealand Law
Society (Law Society) but the following information is public information.
The Law Society's regulatory and representative powers are given to it by
statute and regulations and rules made under that statute. These powers
are set out in part 4 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 (the Act),
see s 63 and following:
Under s 76 of the Act the Law Society must as soon as practicable furnish
a report to the Minister of Justice regarding the exercise of its
regulatory functions and powers. The report is then presented to
parliament. Such reports may be found at:
As required by s 70 of the Act the Law Society is also governed by a
Under s 65(c) of the Act one of the functions of the Law Society is to
monitor and enforce the provisions of the Act and any regulations and
rules made under it, that relate to the regulation of lawyers. Accordingly
the Law Society under the Act has to monitor and enforce the Lawyers and
Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008. These
rules are made under ss 94 and 95 with the approval of the Minister of
Justice and after consultation in accordance with s 100 of the Act.
Part 7 of the Act (s 120 and following) sets out how the Law Society must
process complaints made against lawyers. Standards Committee's decisions
may be reviewed by the Legal Complaints Review Officer (S 190 and
onwards). The Legal Complaints Review Officer is a separate body from the
I hope the following information is of assistance. Further information on
the Law Society may be found at our website which you may have already
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