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The New Zealand Legal System: Structures and Processes, 6th edition

The New Zealand Legal System: Structures and Processes, 6th edition

Jacinta Ruru, Paul Scott and Duncan Webb, 2016

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A comprehensive introduction to our legal system, the institutions that comprise it, and an examination of the way law is created and implemented within it.

 

Format: Paperback

Description

The 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 New Zealand Legal System looks at the structures and processes that define and shape our law (the New Zealand constitution, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, New Zealand’s court system and the legal profession) and 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 in particular now includes an expanded discussion of tikanga Māori, Māori and the constitution, and the Bill of Rights. It retains appendices containing practical tools and techniques to help students with their writing and research.


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Author

Jacinta Ruru is a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago and co-director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence. She is the author and co-author of over 90 publications focusing on Indigenous peoples’ legal rights, and has received a number of awards for her research and teaching excellence.


Paul Scott is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. His area of research interest is competition law, and he presents regularly on this topic. He is the author of a number of academic papers in his area of expertise, and co-author of the Guide to Competition Law (2013).


Duncan Webb is a partner at Lane Neave and adjunct professor of law at the University of Canterbury. He is a leading expert in lawyers’ ethics and legal responsibility and insurance law, and has appeared in the courts at all levels. He has authored and co-authored a range of texts and articles including previous editions of The New Zealand Legal System and Ethics, Professional Responsibility and the Lawyer.

Table of Contents

Part 1 – An Introduction to Law
1. The nature of law
2. The New Zealand legal system

Part 2 – The New Zealand Legal System
3. New Zealand’s constitution
4. New Zealand’s constitution – modern developments
5. Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi
6. New Zealand’s court system
7. The legal profession

Part 3 – Studying the Law
8. Statutory interpretation
9. Case law
10. Legal argument and reasoning

Appendices: Legal Method
Appendix 1: Legal writing
Appendix 2: Legal materials
Appendix 3: Reading cases

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