1.4.1 Natural justice is about fair process

New Zealand has inherited many of the principles of the English legal system. Some of these go back to Roman law, which is where natural justice principles came from. They were regarded as principles that were 'natural’ or self-evident and originally related to two main maxims:

  • ‘the right to be heard’
  • ‘no person may judge their own case’.

Today, this means that any public decision-making body, including a district licensing committee (DLC) is required to be independent and impartial and its procedures are required to be fair and transparent.

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