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Cabinet Office circular

CO (21) 2: Legislation Guidelines: Cabinet Requirements and Expectations

Issue date: 
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Issue status: 
Version note: 

Intended for:

All Ministers
All Chief Executives
Chief Parliamentary Counsel
Clerk of the House of Representatives
All Senior Private Secretaries
All Private Secretaries
All officials involved in the preparation of legislation


1The Legislation Guidelines (2021 edition) are the government's key point of reference for assessing whether draft legislation conforms to accepted legal and constitutional principles.

2The Legislation Guidelines set out guidance on matters of legislative design and quality, and on matters fundamental to the rule of law in New Zealand. The guidelines are a key part of government efforts to promote quality legislation and transparency about the exercise of law-making power. They are designed to be used from early in the policy development process.

Last updated: 
Friday, 3 December 2021

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