Abolishing the Personal Injury Tort System: The New Zealand Experience
AbstractThe position advanced by Mr. Laycraft in his earlier article in this volume is one side of what is becoming an ever deepening controversy. In this article Professor Palmer attacks Mr. Laycraft's thesis and puts forward some justi fications for root and branch change in the field of compensation for personal injuries. plethora of plans has been suggested in recent years aimed at fundamentally altering compensation for personal injury. It has become evi dent that there are basic political difficulties involved in implementing these plans. The author, who was retained by the New Zealand Government to draft White Paper on Personal Injury in New Zealand in 1969, discusses the political struggle which is now reaching conclusion in New Zealand concerning very radical proposal made by New Zealand Royal Commis sion in 1967.
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