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Report 51

Dishonestly Procuring Valuable Benefits

December 1998

Wellington, New Zealand

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The Law Commission is an independent, publicly funded, central advisory body established by statute to undertake the systematic review, reform and development of the law of New Zealand. Its purpose is to help achieve law that is just, principled, and accessible, and that reflects the heritage and aspirations of the peoples of New Zealand.

The Commissioners are:

The Honourable Justice Baragwanath – President
Joanne Morris obe
Judge Margaret Lee
DF Dugdale
Denese Henare onzm
Timothy Brewer ed

The office of the Law Commission is at 89 The Terrace, Wellington
Postal address: PO Box 2590, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
Document Exchange Number: sp 23534
Telephone: (04) 473–3453, Facsimile: (04) 471–0959

Report/Law Commission, Wellington, 1998

issn 0113–2334 isbn 1–877187–27–5

This report may be cited as: nzlc r51

Also published as Parliamentary Paper E 31AL

This report is also available at the Law Commission website:

21 December 1998

Dear Minister

I am pleased to submit to you Report 51 of the Law Commission, Dishonestly Procuring Valuable Benefits.

Because this matter is both urgent and within a narrow compass the procedure adopted by the Commission in preparing this report was to circulate a draft and invite comment from the Solicitor-General, the New Zealand Police, the New Zealand Law Society, the Criminal Bar Association, interested trade organisations, High Court judges (including the judges of the Court of Appeal), District Court judges with jury warrants, and at least one academic lawyer specialising in criminal law from each of the five university law schools. There was no opposition to our proposal but we have been assisted by suggestions that enabled us to fine-tune the report in certain relatively minor respects.

We recommend the urgent adoption of the proposals contained in this report.

Yours sincerely

The Hon Justice Baragwanath

The Right Hon Douglas Graham MP
Minister of Justice
Parliament Buildings

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