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Revision programme

The Legislation Act 2012 introduced a mechanism for systematically revising the presentation of some New Zealand statutes to make them more accessible. After being revised, they are introduced as revision Bills into Parliament for re-enactment.

The revision powers that can be applied, and the revision process, are set out in subpart 3 of Part 2 of the Act.

A revision programme sets out the statutes to be revised over each three-year period coinciding with a Parliamentary term.

Revision programme for 2018–2020

The revision programme for 2018–2020 was presented to the House of Representatives on 4 April 2018.

Partnership Law Bill

The Partnership Law Bill was introduced on 28 May 2019, following certification under section 33 of the Legislation Act 2012. It received its first reading on 11 June. The Justice Committee has called for submissions on the Bill by 25 July. Their report is due on 11 December 2019.

The committee asks submitters to note that any amendments will be restricted by the Bill's narrow purpose of making the existing law more accessible.  The committee said it is particularly interested in whether the Bill accurately and clearly expresses the substance of the existing law.

The related Cabinet paper "Partnership Law Bill: Approval for Introduction" has been proactively released:

The Bill was developed under the 2018 revision programme. The PCO and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment sought feedback on the Partnership Law Bill in a consultation that ran from 4 May to 15 June 2018.

Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017

The Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 was the first Bill under the 2015–2017 revision programme to be drafted and introduced to the House. It was enacted on 1 March 2017, and came into force on 1 September 2017.

The Act re-enacted in one statute, in an up-to-date and accessible form, the following:

These Acts were repealed when the Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 came into force. 

The Act does not make any substantive changes to the law. It applies to contracts regardless of whether they are entered into before or after the Act came into force.

Schedule 3 of the Act contains a comparative table of the old and the corresponding new provisions.

About the Contract and Commercial Law Bill

The Bill was introduced on 19 May 2016, following certification under section 33 of the Legislation Act 2012.

An exposure draft of the Bill was released for public submissions from 21 October to 7 December 2015. Eight submissions were received.

Revision programme for 2015–2017

The revision programme for the 51st Parliament was presented to the House of Representatives on 8 December 2014.

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