With Belinda Clark joining Donna Buckingham and Helen McQueen at the Law Commission it has, for the first time, a majority of female Commissioners.
Belinda Clark will become New Zealand's 38th Law Commissioner and 12th female commissioner – following in the footsteps of the first woman Commissioner Dame Sian Elias, now Chief Justice.
The Commission is one of the only Law Commissions in the world with a majority of women Commissioners, along with the South African Commission.
Law Commission President Douglas White says it is serendipitous that evidence experts from across Australasia are gathering for a conference just as the Commission commences its second review of the Evidence Act 2006’s operation.
A one-day conference and workshop on reforming the law of evidence being organised by Professor Elisabeth McDonald of Canterbury University is to be held at Victoria University of Wellington on 8 September.
With record numbers of Māori in prison, and Māori over represented throughout the criminal justice system, it is time to reform criminal justice in Aotearoa.
That was one of the main messages to come from whiti te rā, a kaupapa Māori hui on transforming criminal justice held at Te Papa-i-ouru Marae in Rotorua last month.
Law Commission Adviser Clare Tattersall, who went to the hui, says one of the lessons for the Commission is "nothing about us without us".
DNA science has advanced exponentially in the last three decades since Police first used DNA in criminal investigations.
Scientists can find out a lot more information about us from our DNA.
For instance, scientists are working out which genes determine different aspects of people’s physical appearance. They know which genes indicate someone will have red hair or blue eyes, and which genes indicate certain ethnicities.
A recent High Court decision on a dispute between former de facto partners considers important issues in the Law Commission's review of relationship property law.
Stuff reports that the Court rejected an appeal to uphold a pre-nuptial agreement, in which one partner from a 28-year de facto relationship agreed to receive $20,000 (and a $13,000 car) when the relationship ended.