For the last eight months, the Law Commission has been working with the Ministry of Justice to review the Search and Surveillance Act 2012.
The Act itself requires a regular review by both those agencies to make sure that the use of search and surveillance is effective and also to check that the law is protecting the rights of people being investigated – especially their right to privacy.
The Law Commission has nearly finished its review of the laws of contempt. Contempt of court is an ancient legal concept, but essentially it aims to make sure that courts have the ability to provide justice that is impartial, fair and effective.
Commission President Douglas White says the Commission consulted widely in 2014 and, having heard many opinions and arguments, it will be finalising its report over the next two months.
"We hope to have a final report to the Minister in May."
In 1976, when the Matrimonial Property Act 1976 became law, only one in five babies had unmarried parents. Today half of the babies born in New Zealand have parents who are not married.
Law Commissioner Helen McQueen points out that the world has changed dramatically in the four decades since Parliament introduced this law, including the ways relationships and families form and function.
Law Commission President Douglas White says a new review of the Evidence Act will look at many interesting issues, including those raised in the Supreme Court case R v Wichman  NZSC 198;  1 NZLR 753..
When police first started using DNA to solve crimes it could tell them just one thing: whether the DNA they found at a crime scene matched the DNA profile of a person whose sample they took. But the science has improved a lot since then.