The Evolution of a Legal System

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Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2000


Law students, academics and the Law Review tend to be more proficient in analysing judicial activity than they are legislative activity. Too little time is often spent dealing with statutes and regulations. This tendency needs to be changed. This paper discusses the developments of the legislative process under MMP, and the dramatic changes that have taken place in the process of negotiated legislation. It examines what effects MMP has had on the conduct of the Legislature and covers the Report of the Standing Orders Committee on the Review of the Standing Orders. The legislative process of the New Zealand Government has become a great deal more intricate and complex as a result of MMP. As a result, the creation of sets of legislative standards and practices is an urgent priority in New Zealand.

Keywords: legislative analysis, MMP, mixed member proportional, standing /orders, legislative standards, New Zealand

JEL Classification: K19, K39

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, The Evolution of a Legal System (2000). Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 31. Available at SSRN:

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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