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New Zealand Law Dictionary, 9th edition

New Zealand Law Dictionary, 9th edition

Peter Spiller, 2019

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Book 9780947514785 $45.00

An unparalleled reference tool for anyone who needs to understand legal language.


Format: Paperback


The ninth edition of the New Zealand Law Dictionary has been revised to include an expanded list of legal terms. As a result, this new edition contains over 5,000 entries.

Experienced editor Judge Peter Spiller again brings his expertise to the title, building on the exemplary scholarship and practical application for which the New Zealand Law Dictionary is known. With up-to-date definitions and usage, the Dictionary is an authoritative guide to the language of law in New Zealand.



• Well known and trusted legal dictionary for students and practitioners
• Contains around 5000 entries, comprehensively covering terms and concepts used in New Zealand law
• Includes words in Latin, French, and Māori
• Extensive use of cross-referencing, including to other entries, statute, case law, and the Laws of New Zealand


Related Titles

Ruru, Scott & Webb, New Zealand Legal System, 6th edition, 2016
Russell (editor), Legal Research in New Zealand, 2015
Scragg (editor), Legal Writing: A Complete Guide for a Career in Law, 2014
Stephens He Papakupu Reo Ture: A Dictionary of Māori Legal Terms, 2013


Judge Peter Spiller BA LLB PhD (Natal), LLM MPhil (Camb), PhD (Cant), B Theol (CIS), Dip RS Dip SS (CIANZ), PGCTT (Waikato) is a District Court Judge and chair of the Immigration and Protection Tribunal. Prior to being appointed a Judge, he was Principal Disputes Referee, with oversight of the Disputes Tribunals.

Judge Spiller holds the position of honorary professor of law at the University of Waikato, and has been a law teacher for 43 years. He has written a number of books and other publications, including those on dispute resolution, legal history and the Disputes Tribunal.

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