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New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990

Advice provided by the Ministry of Justice and the Crown Law Office to the Attorney-General on the consistency of Bills with the Bill of Rights Act 1990

The Ministry of Justice, and the Crown Law Office in the case of Bills developed by the Ministry of Justice, advise the Attorney-General on the consistency of all Bills with the Bill of Rights Act (with the exception of appropriation Bills, which are not scrutinised).

The Attorney-General retains legal professional privilege in respect of unpublished advice written before January 2003, as well as unpublished advice written since January 2003 on Bills on which the Attorney-General has tabled a section 7 report in the House of Representatives. The advice is not subject to the Official Information Act 1982; however, the Attorney-General will consider requests for the release of such advice on a case by case basis.

The advice provided to the Attorney-General since 1 January 2003, with the exception of advice on Bills that have been discussed in a section 7 report of the Attorney-General, can be found by using this site’s search option or by viewing the display under the following three headings:

  1. Bill title in alphabetical order
  2. Date advice submitted to Attorney-General 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016
  3. Section of the Bill of Rights Act raised in the advice provided

On occasion the Ministry of Justice and the Crown Law Office may advise the Attorney-General on the consistency of a Supplementary Order Paper with the Bill of Rights Act. This advice is published on this site on a case by case basis. Therefore, only a selection of this advice is displayed on this site.

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