Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson travels to Singapore and Malaysia tomorrow for a series of ministerial meetings about countering terrorism and senior law officer matters.
“International cooperation on countering terrorism and other issues affecting our national security is crucial in the current global environment,” Mr Finlayson said. “We value our engagement with countries in the South East Asia region on these matters.”
Mr Finlayson is being hosted in Singapore by the Minister for Home Affairs and Law. He will also meet with the Attorney-General and Chief Justice.
He will then travel to Kuala Lumpur where he will meet with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs.
“New Zealand has a long history of cooperation with Singapore and Malaysia in a range of areas and I look forward to this opportunity to discuss important counter terrorism and Attorney-General matters,” Mr Finlayson said.
Mr Finlayson will be accompanied by New Zealand’s Ambassador for Counter Terrorism Carl Worker.
The Attorney-General announced today that an appointment round for Queen’s Counsel will take place in 2017.
Appointments of Queen’s Counsel are made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General and with the concurrence of the Chief Justice. The Governor-General retains the discretion to appoint Queen’s Counsel in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the law in fields other than advocacy.
The Chief Justice and the Attorney-General have issued Guidelines for Candidates. The Guidelines (and an application form) are available at www.crownlaw.govt.nz and set out the criteria for appointment and other information about the appointment process.
The regulations set a fee of $500 for applicants, reflecting the costs of the appointment process.
Applications for appointment as Queen’s Counsel open on 27 February 2017. Applicants must use the application form which should be sent electronically to the Solicitor‑General no later than 27 March 2017.
The Solicitor-General will consult with the New Zealand Law Society and the New Zealand Bar Association regarding the candidates.
It is expected appointments will be made in early June 2017.
Legislation to modernise and bring together important law underpinning contracts and commercial transactions passed its third reading in Parliament today, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson said.
“This has been a major statute revision exercise,” Mr Finlayson said. “The substantive law has not changed but the rules contained in 11 contract and commercial Acts, some dating back to 1908, have been revised and consolidated into a single piece of legislation.
“The law is clearer and easier to understand which will help reduce regulatory costs for both individuals and businesses.
“This Government is committed to an accessible, clear and up-to-date statute book which is why we introduced the triennial statute revision programme in December 2014.
“The Contract and Commercial Law Bill was the first bill on the statute revision programme and work is underway to identify other areas of law that would benefit from this programme in the future,” Mr Finlayson said.
The Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 comes into force six months after Royal assent.