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Old and new

Old and new

In the 2000s the Imperial Laws Application Act 1988 can be accessed electronically through a database on the Parliamentary Counsel Office website. However, the act looks to New Zealand's legal past: it specifies 53 English statutes which are still applicable in New Zealand. This is a relic of early colonial days, when relevant English statutes were deemed to have effect in New Zealand.

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Geoffrey Palmer, 'Law - Legal history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Geoffrey Palmer, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Oct 2016