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Advanced Litigation Skills Programme - for criminal and civil litigators 2019

Advanced Litigation Skills Programme -  for criminal and civil litigators 2019
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Designed for practitioners with at least six years’ civil or criminal law experience, this advanced five-day, non-residential programme is based on the teaching method so successfully applied in the annual Litigation Skills Programme

This advanced course is based on one extensive civil case, however, the skills learnt are equally applicable to criminal lawyers. Using only one case will enable you to concentrate on improving your trial advocacy skills in the context of a case that requires mastery of many complex legal and factual issues with a heavy reliance on experts.

Learning by Doing with Critique
You will actively perform in simulated courtroom exercises every day and be critiqued by faculty members who include a member of the judiciary and some of New Zealand’s most experienced counsel. All faculty members are trained in the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) method of teaching.

Learning by Observing
Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to observe others in your group and hear them being critiqued. Your performance will be recorded every day and then critiqued through video review. You will also have the opportunity to observe experienced faculty conducting a variety of demonstrations and discuss differences in styles and methods.

Teaching Approach
Modules will include:

  • Demonstration of a key skill
  • Practising a key skill
  • Receiving constructive advice on improving your performance
  • Reviewing your own performance on video
  • Observing others performing and listening to faculty comment.

Learning objectives 

You will further develop your skills as an advocate and take them to an advanced level by taking part in a variety of litigation exercises and activities.

Who should attend

The advanced course is designed for litigation lawyers with at least six years’ experience. You will benefit from attending this course irrespective of whether or not you have attended the annual course.

Note: Enrolments are restricted to 27 participants.


Course folder and the casefile will be sent to you in advance.

The Faculty

Director: Judith Ablett-Kerr ONZM QC
Deputy Director: Paul David QC
Faculty members include: The Hon Justice Cooke, Janine Bonifant, Chris Browne, Kate Davenport QC, Fiona Guy Kidd QC, Elizabeth Hall, Susan Hughes QC, Jan McCartney QC, James Rapley QC, Andrew Skelton, Craig Stevens and Peter Whiteside QC

Fee (incl GST)

Advocacy programme

  • $3,095 - NZLS Members

Application form

Entry to this course is by application only. Download an application form
Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 8 May 2019. 

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available through the Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust.  Applications for assistance must be received by 5pm, Wednesday 8 May 2019.  Late applications cannot be considered.

Please note: You must still apply to attend this course.

Download a Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust application form.

View full brochure and registration details here

Wellington 23 - 27 June

Cancellation and refund policy 

Withdrawal from the programme before the closing date incurs no cost. After that date if the registrant is able to be replaced an administration fee of $250 is charged. If no replacement is found, no refund is payable. Note: Applications MUST reach NZLS CLE Ltd by 5.00pm on Wednesday 8 May 2019. You will be notified within five working day after the closing date whether you have a place on the course.
freephone (within NZ)
0800 333 111


04 472 7837

04 463 2986

DX SP 20202
PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand