About the LAC Guidelines
The Legislation Advisory Committee Guidelines on Process and Content of Legislation is a guide to making good legislation. They are designed to set out central aspects of the process and elements of the content of legislation that should always be addressed when creating legislation.
The Guidelines have been written by members of the LAC and experts from outside the committee. The Guidelines have been approved by Cabinet. Ministers and their officials are required to advise the Cabinet Legislation Committee of the steps they have taken to comply with the Guidelines.
This website provides the updated full text of the LAC Guidelines (this version is up-to-date and includes both the 2001 edition and all subsequent amendments made to the guidelines).
List of updates
- Chapter 10: Delegated legislation Part 1
- Chapter 18: Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) - access model ADR clauses here
- Appendix 6: Some existing statutory provisions for ADR
- Chapter 7, Part 4: Are Savings or Transitional Provisions Required?
- Chapter 9: Creation of a New Public Agency
- Chapter 13, Part 6: Does the Legislation Give Sufficient Guidance as to the Applicable Requirements, if any, of Natural Justice?
- Chapter 15: Privacy and the Fair Handling of Personal Information
- Chapter 17: Bills after Introduction.
- Chapter 3A: Statutory Interpretation
- Chapter 4: Bill of Rights Act and Human Rights Act
- Chapter 10: Delegation of Law-making Power
- Chapter 10A: Delegation of Law-making Power
- Chapter 11, Part 4: What should the Limitation Period for Civil Remedies Be?
- Chapter 12, Paragraph 12.5.3: Guidelines for Infringement Offences
- Chapter 12, Part 6: What is the Appropriate Limitation Period for Criminal Offences?
- Chapter 13: Appeal and Review
- Chapter 16: Cross-Border Issues