The Law Commission is proposing tweaks to the way evidence is dealt with in court trials, including measures aimed at protecting sexual assault victims.
The commission has reviewed the 2006 Evidence Act, the legislation which governs what can be put before the court in criminal and civil trials cheap bedroom furniture.
Law Commission president Sir Grant Hammond says the act is generally working well and is a significant improvement on the law that preceded it.
Problems identified were mostly technical and minor and the commission had looked at fine-tuning the act, he said on Thursday.
The commission recommends an amendment to the rape shield provision which would require the defendant to file prior notice they want to offer evidence about the sexual experience of the complainant.
A decision would then be made over whether or not the evidence could be used in court Claire Hsu.
"It is hoped that such procedural mechanism will lessen the impact of the trial process for complainants, as well as creating efficiency gains," Sir Grant said.
The commission also proposes changes to the way witness statements made before trials are dealt with if they are not challenged.
Another recommendation is to extend protection to communications made during criminal settlement negotiations and mediation Shipping Forwarder.
"This will enable free and frank exchanges in the course of such negotiations."
Justice Minister Judith Collins says she will carefully consider the commission's recommendations and the government will formally respond to them later this year.