Website Terms of Use

Terms and Conditions

The Law Commission (the Commission) is a public organisation and seeks to elicit public feedback on its work through this website (the Site) as part of a broad consultation process involving a variety of audiences.  The website provides visitors with news and events, a database of all online publication material, and an online submission capability.

 

Terms of Use

The Law Commission website and blogs are managed by the Law Commission. We provide this website subject only to the following terms of use.

You agree to use the Law Commission website only for lawful purposes and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of any third party.  This includes conduct which is unlawful or which may harass or cause distress or inconvenience to any person, the transmission of obscene or offensive content or disruption to Law Commission blogs and forums.

You must not post or transmit through Law Commission blogs any unlawful, defamatory, obscene, offensive or scandalous material, or any material that constitutes or encourages conduct that would contravene any law.

You agree not to access the website by any means other than through the website and interfaces that are provided by the Law Commission for use in accessing this site.

We will change the terms of use from time to time without notice to you. The most recent version of the terms of use can be seen in this terms and conditions page.

Please contact us at webcom@lawcom.govt.nz or 171 Featherston Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand if you see anything that violates the terms of use.

 

Registration and making comments on forums and blogs

User registration to the site requires you to select an appropriate username. By doing so you can then participate freely in forum discussions that interest you, while protecting your individual and work interests.

Once a username has been chosen you cannot change the username.  Please contact the administrator if you believe you have good reason for your username to be changed.

If a Username is deemed to be offensive, inflammatory, controversial or otherwise inappropriate, the username and comments will not be posted.

All blog comments are subject to moderation by the Law Commission and its appointed representatives and so publication of comments may not be immediate.

The purpose of moderation is to ensure that the discussion remains on topic, does not include offensive or discriminatory language and that no person’s privacy or security is breached.

 

Moderation policy

The Law Commission welcomes your participation in its various online consultations.  To ensure that your contributions meets legal requirements and the discussion stays on track, all comments posted to the blog will be moderated by the Law Commission before publication, according to theProtocols for Participation.

Comments that do not comply with the Protocols below may not be published.

Users of the website acknowledge there will be a delay to allow moderation and that publication of comments will not be immediate.  The Law Commission undertakes to moderate all comments within 1 hour of receipt, during work hours.

During moderation, comments are kept in a secure database accessed only by the Law Commission and its appointed representatives.

 

Protocols for participation

The intent of the Protocols for Participation is to create a positive environment where people are able to publicly contribute their views in the spirit of promoting respectful relationships, without fear of abuse or harassment or exposure to offensive or otherwise inappropriate content and protecting the operators of the consultation forum from legal liability.

Commenting in Law Commission forums and blogs is like having a conversation or speaking at a physical meeting, so normal social conventions apply.  Help us to keep the conversation on topic by being polite, constructive and respectful of others.

By contributing to Law Commission forums and blogs, you:

  • give permission for your comments to be posted on the site (see Privacy Statement) and affirm that your comments represent your own work and do not infringe on the copyright of any other individual or organisation
  • acknowledge that your comments will be subject to moderation by Law Commission moderators before publication and therefore the publication of comments will not be immediate
  • acknowledge and give permission for your comments to be used, without personal identification, by the Law Commission for any purpose
  • acknowledge that comments that contain images, hyperlinks, audio or video will not be published, irrespective of content
  • acknowledge all material on this site is subject to copyright.  For more information, view the Copyright Notice.

When contributing your views to Law Commission forums and blogs, you will ensure that you:

  • do protect your personal privacy and that of others by not including personal information about yourself or others in your comments (such as names, email addresses, private addresses or phone numbers)
  • do post material to the forum that is relevant to the issues being consulted on
  • do represent your own views and do not impersonate or falsely misrepresent any other person
  • do not abuse, harass or threaten others
  • do not post anything which:
    • racially or religiously vilifies others,
    • incites, induces or aids violence, discrimination, harassment, victimisation or hatred towards others, or
    • is likely to offend, insult or humiliate others, particularly on the basis of their race, colour, descent, national origin, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation or any disability 
  • do not make defamatory or libellous comments
  • do not use insulting, provocative or hateful language
  • do not use obscene or offensive language
  • do not post material to the forum that infringes the intellectual property rights of others
  • do not post multiple versions of the same view to the forum
  • do not promote commercial interests in your posts to the forum
  • do not include internet addresses, videos, images or any other email addresses, in your contribution
  • do not post comments promoting personal professional interests
  • do not post overtly party political comment (eg. reference to candidates, fundraisers, support for political parties) and
  • do not incite, encourage or make reference to conduct that may constitute a criminal or civil offence or otherwise violate New Zealand law.

As a general rule, comments and posts will not be edited, particularly not for spelling or grammatical errors, nor for quality of thought or argument.  Posts will only be edited to protect the privacy of an individual or organisation and/or to protect from potential defamation, in which case a name or comment may be removed by the moderator and replaced with an ellipsis: '…'

Comments and posts that do not comply with the protocols in other ways may not be published.