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Ancient laws get modern treatment

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/05/2016

Attorney-General Chris Finlayson has overseen the re-writing of contract and commercial laws, some as old as 1908, in ways that makes them easier to understand. © AP Photo/Matt Dunham Attorney-General Chris Finlayson has overseen the re-writing of contract and commercial laws, some as old as 1908, in ways that makes them easier to understand. Ancient contract laws, some dating back to 1908, have been re-written in ways people can understand.

Attorney-General Chris Finlayson says his Contract and Commercial Law Bill is part of the government's drive to create accessible, clear and up-to-date statute books.

All the laws underpinning contracts and commercial transactions, currently in 11 separate Acts, are in the bill.

Mr Finlayson says the substance of the laws hasn't changed but they're easier to understand.

"This revision bill will assist people and businesses to find and follow the rules that apply to them," he said.

The bill was introduced to parliament on Thursday.

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