The Community Law Manual 2016-17 is a trail-blazing resource that helps Kiwis (and their advocates) help themselves.
The Manual contains over 800 pages of easy-to-read legal info, on just about every area of community and personal life. Re-released every year in July, the Manual provides comprehensive answers to common legal questions.
New in the Community Law Manual 2016–2017 (released in July)
- New chapter: “Common crimes” (We’ve added a new chapter which explains about some common crimes, such as shoplifting, graffiti, assault, drugs offences and pāua poaching, and sets out examples of how sentencing might work in these cases).
- New chapter: “A death in the family” (We’ve added a new chapter to help families and whānau when one of their loved ones has died. It explains the kinds of things they’ll need to do – from making sure all the paperwork for the burial or cremation is completed, to later steps like dealing with the deceased’s will and property).
- New Māori language translation: “Te reo Māori” (We’ve translated Chapter 1 into te reo Māori. This chapter sets out your rights to use te reo Māori, particularly in the courtrooms of Aotearoa New Zealand).
- Major updates to the “Employment”, “Credit and Debt”, “Parents, guardians and caregivers”, “Dealing with Child, Youth and Family” and “Accident Compensation” chapters.
By buying a copy of the Community Law Manual, you are directly contributing to a fairer, more accessible justice system, and to better results for people with less. (You are of course also getting a hard copy of the Community Law Manual, a good-looking and very useful book to have at hand when you, your family, or people you work with need some help. And you are improving the chances that we can continue to make this information available, next year and beyond.)