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Reform of the Law
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
Judge Margaret Lee
Denese Henare onzm
Timothy Brewer ed
Paul Heath qc
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, Wellington
Telephone: (04) 473–3453, Facsimile: (04) 471–0959
Report/Law Commission, Wellington, 1999
issn 0113–2334 isbn 1–877187–34–8 (Volume 1)
isbn Full Evidence set 1–877187–36–4
This report may be cited as: nzlc r55 – Volume 1
24 August 1999
I am pleased to submit to you Report 55 of the Law Commission, Evidence Law Reform, in response to terms of reference given to the Law Commission by your predecessor, the Rt. Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer, in August 1989.
The Report is in two volumes. Volume 1 contains a discussion of the problems in the current law and the Commission’s recommendations for reform. Volume II contains the Evidence Code and Commentary. The Code sets out the Commission’s recommendations in the form of a draft statute. The Commentary explains how the Code provisions are intended to operate and is an integral part of the Code. The Report is accompanied by a miscellaneous paper which gathers together much of the current research on human memory. This research is the basis for a number of provisions in the Code.
The Report is the culmination of a decade of research and consultation with special interest groups and individuals. The process is described in the preface.
The Hon Justice Baragwanath
The Hon Tony Ryall
Minister of Justice