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.
• Cowan The New Lawyer Companion: Essays on Law, Life, and Humanity, 2021
• Thomas & Merrick Kia Kākano Rua te Ture: A te reo Māori Handbook for the Law, 2019
• Russell (editor) Legal Research in New Zealand, 2015
• Scragg (editor) Legal Writing: A Complete Guide for a Career in Law, 2014
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