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The New Zealand legal system

When many people think of the legal system, they think of lawyers and courts. While the courts are an important part of New Zealand's legal system, it also has many other parts.

When many people think of the legal system, they think of lawyers and courts. While the courts are an important part of New Zealand's legal system, it also has many other parts.

The New Zealand legal system is derived from the English one and comes from two main sources:

  • The common law, which is a body of law built up from decisions made in the United Kingdom and in New Zealand. Developments made by New Zealand courts mean that New Zealand now differs from the United Kingdom on some aspects of the common law.
  • Statute law, which is all the law made by Parliament.

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