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The Law Commission is undertaking the succession project with the approval of the Minister of Justice.

The purpose of the project is to review, reform and develop

The ultimate aim is to have new succession legislation drafted in plain language which

The project has three main aspects:

Our work on succession adjustment has been greatly helped by consultation with legal practitioners, legal academics, judges, social scientists and other specialists (see Acknowledgements). The Commission acknowledges here, however, two signal contributions to the work in this report, those of Richard Sutton, Professor of Law at the University of Otago/Te Whare Wänanga o Otago, former member of the Commission and original convening Commissioner for the Succession Project, and Ross Carter, a Commission researcher. We emphasise that the views expressed in this report are those of the Commission and not necessarily those of the people who have helped us. The draft Act provisions were prepared by Mr GC Thornton qc, the Commission’s legislative counsel.

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