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Regulatory impact statements

About the Ministry of Justice’s regulatory impact statements

All proposals to create, amend or repeal legislation or regulations that are submitted to Cabinet must be accompanied by a regulatory impact statement (RIS), unless an exemption applies. A RIS summarises:

  • the problem that needs to be addressed
  • the options for addressing the problem
  • the costs and benefits of each option
  • the people that have been consulted and their views
  • the proposals for implementation and review.

To help ensure that the regulatory process is open and transparent, RISs are published at the time the relevant bill is introduced to Parliament or the regulation is gazetted, or at the time of ministerial release.

Regulatory Impact Statement: Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Amendment Bill
The Government’s Post-Election Action Plan states that legislation will be introduced to “require DNA testing for every person arrested for an imprisonable offence” - May 2009.
Regulatory Impact Statement: All of Government Response to Organised Crime
This Regulatory Impact Statement provides an analysis of proposals arising from the organised crime strategy - Strengthening New Zealand’s Resistance to Organised Crime: An all-of-Government Response - published in August 2011.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Tribunal Enhancements
This Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has been prepared by the Ministry of Justice. It provides an analysis of options to improve the efficiency of 29 Ministry of Justice administered tribunals.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Improvements to District Courts Rules
This Regulatory Impact Statement has been prepared by the Ministry of Justice. It provides an analysis of options to reduce the time and cost involved in resolving cases in the civil jurisdiction (non-criminal and non-family) of the District Courts.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Parliamentary Privilege Bill
This Regulatory Impact Statement analyses options for addressing some concerns about parliamentary privilege raised by Parliament’s Privileges Committee. October 2013.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Interest on money
The current law providing for payment of interest where there is late payment of money owing, is limited, not easily accessible, relies to some extent on judicial discretion, and fails to adequately compensate many creditors. A single, comprehensive and more widely applicable Interest on Money Claims Act is needed, with a basis for interest that reflects the commercial value of delay in payment of money owing. November 2013.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Enabling Service Transformation in Courts and Tribunals
This Regulatory Impact Statement provides an analysis of proposals to enable and govern the use of electronic technology in courts and tribunals. November 2013.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Judicature Modernisation Bill: Review of the Judicature Act 1908 - Second Paper
This Regulatory Impact Statement provides an analysis of the second package of work forming the government response to the Law Commission report Review of the Judicature Act 1908: Towards a consolidated Courts Act and other associated matters. August 2013.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Review of the Judicature Act and consolidation of courts legislation
This Regulatory Impact Statement provides an analysis of a package of work forming the government response to the Law Commission report Review of the Judicature Act 1908: Towards a consolidated Courts Act and other associated matters. February 2013.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Harmful digital communications
This Regulatory Impact Statement provides an analysis of options to address harmful digital communications by changes to existing legislation to ensure it responds appropriately to this behaviour and covers technological advances; and new civil enforcement regime to deal with harmful digital communications. November 2013.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Regulatory Regime for the new Alcohol Laws
This Regulatory Impact Statement sets out the options for the regulatory regime required to give effect to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, due to fully commence on 18 December 2013.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Fee regime for the alcohol licensing system
This Regulatory Impact Statement analyses options to regulate the new alcohol licensing fees regime provided for in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2013, which is due to fully commence on 18 December 2013. August 2013.
Regulatory impact statement: Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators (Minimum Training) Regulations 2013
This Regulatory Impact Statement provides an analysis of options for mandatory training for three categories of security personnel regulated under the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010. September 2013.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Child harm prevention orders
This Regulatory Impact Statement provides an analysis of options to address concerns around people who have been convicted of, or found on the balance of probabilities (more likely than not) to have committed, a specified offence, against a child or children; and who pose a high risk of seriously harming a child or children in the future. August 2013.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Amending the Legal Services (Quality Assurance) Regulations
This Regulatory Impact Statement provides an analysis of options to improve the operation of the Legal Services (Quality Assurance) Regulations 2011. May 2013.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Civil fees review
This Regulatory Impact Statement provides an analysis of options for setting civil fees. May 2013.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Reducing the likelihood of offenders of serious violent or sexual offences from coming into contact with their victims
This Regulatory Impact Statement provides analysis of the options to address a legal gap that allows serious violent and sexual offenders to come into contact with their victim(s) where other legal protection mechanisms do not apply. September 2012.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Addressing child pornography and related offending
This Regulatory Impact Statement provides an analysis of options to address child pornography and related offending by proposing amendments to the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 and the Customs and Excise Act 1996. August 2012.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Trustee Amendment Bill
This Regulatory Impact Statement analyses options for clarifying the process for appointing a ‘trustee of last resort’. May 2013.
Regulatory Impact Statement: Improving Case Management for Civil Cases in the High Court
Regulatory Impact Statement: Improving Case Management for Civil Cases in the High Court