Reforms introduced to ensure Trans-Tasman legal disputes are resolved more effectively and at a lower cost are close to completion.
According to Attorney-General Robert McClelland and New Zealand Minister for Justice Simon Power, Australia and New Zealand are in the final phase of implementing reforms which will enhance cooperation in civil court proceedings between the two countries.
The Standing Committee of Attorneys-General met last week (4 March) in Wellington to discuss progress on a number of legal issues.
McClelland last week introduced a bill into parliament that amends the Trans-Tasman Proceedings legislation to mirror the equivalent New Zealand legislation passed in August 2010.
"Under the new regime, litigation between parties located in Australia and New Zealand will become more like litigation between parties in the same country," McClelland explained.
"The reform will streamline and simplify procedures for the service of process, the recognition and enforcement of judgements, obtaining and giving evidence and appearing remotely."