The Aotearoa New Zealand Legal System: Structures and Processes, 7th edition

An introduction to the Aotearoa New Zealand legal system, its institutions, and the way law is created and implemented.

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The Aotearoa New Zealand Legal System: Structures and Processes is an introductory text for first-year law students at Aotearoa New Zealand’s universities. Written in a clear, straightforward manner that is accessible and easy to follow, The Aotearoa New Zealand Legal System looks at the structures and processes that define and shape our law: the New Zealand constitution, Te Titiri o Waitangi, New Zealand’s court system, and the legal profession. It also provides a framework for understanding, interpreting, and applying legal rules for those coming to the topic of law for the first time.

This edition has been revised and updated to incorporate changes to legislation and statute law, and includes an expanded discussion of tikanga Māori, Māori and the constitution, and the New Zealand Bill of Rights. It retains appendices containing practical tools and techniques to help students with their writing and research.

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Table of contents

Part I An introduction to law

Chapter 1: The nature of law

Chapter 2: Classifications and sources of law

Part II The Aotearoa New Zealand legal system

Chapter 3: Aotearoa New Zealand’s constitution

Chapter 4: Aotearoa New Zealand’s constitution – Modern developments

Chapter 5: Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi

Chapter 6: Aotearoa New Zealand’s court system

Chapter 7: The legal profession

Part III Studying the law

Chapter 8: Statutory interpretation

Chapter 9: Case law

Chapter 10: Legal argument and reasoning

Appendices Legal method

Appendix 1: Legal writing

Appendix 2: Legal materials

Appendix 3: Reading cases