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Non-residential Litigation Skills Programmes 2020

Non-residential Litigation Skills Programmes 2020
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NZLS CLE Litigation Skills Programmes provide in-depth hands-on training in the skills needed for successful courtroom advocacy.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and the extensive advanced planning required the annual Residential Litigation Skills Programme held in Christchurch was cancelled for 2020.

However, to meet demand we are delighted to be able to offer two smaller non-residential litigation skills programmes in 2020 to be held in Auckland and Wellington (Please note that participants will need to source their own accommodation if required). Aside from the non-residential aspect these courses are essentially the same programme as the well-known Christchurch course and will use the same National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) teaching method.

Entry to these programmes is by application only. Applications must be received by 5pm on their respective closing dates and will be accepted on a first received basis. However, all applicants must meet with the prerequisite criteria, ie 2+ years of litigation experience. Places are limited to 32 participants, so it is essential to respond quickly.

Auckland Litigation Skills Programme

  • Dates: Sun 11 – Sat 17 October
  • Director: David Clark
  • Faculty: 26 senior practitioners
  • Venue: Ellerslie Events Centre
  • Closing date for applications: 5pm on Wednesday 2 September

Wellington Litigation Skills Programme

  • Dates: Sun 15 – Sat 21 November
  • Director: Elizabeth Bulger
  • Faculty: 26 senior practitioners
  • Venue: Terrace Conference Centre
  • Closing date for applications: 5pm on Wednesday 30 September

Please note – these courses are NOT interchangeable for attendance purposes and it is not possible to transfer your place between them.

Outline

  • DAY 1 – Introduction, theory of the case and communication skills
  • DAY 2 – Leading evidence, cross-examination and production of exhibits
  • DAY 3 – Cross-examination and impeachment
  • DAY 4 – Examination of expert witnesses
  • DAY 5 – Mini trials and opening addresses
  • DAY 6 – Closing arguments and pre-trial conferences
  • DAY 7 – Mock trials until 5.10pm where you will be counsel in a trial and be critiqued by a judge, followed by presentation of certificates

Learning by doing with critique

You will perform in simulated courtroom exercises a number of times every day. To help you to recognise and learn from your mistakes, you will be critiqued by faculty members as soon as you complete your performance. All faculty are trained in the NITA method of teaching and will build a positive and supportive atmosphere within which critiques will be specific, clear, constructive and candid.

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

  • See faculty demonstrate and discuss a major skill
  • Practise that skill in a small group of eight participants
  • Receive individual advice from faculty on improving your performance
  • Review your performance on video with a third faculty member
  • Observe members of your group perform and listen to faculty comment.

Learning objectives

You will develop your skills as an advocate by taking part in a variety of litigation exercises and activities. You will further develop your advocacy skills through reflecting on your own performance, those of your colleagues, and observing faculty demonstrations.

Who should attend

Designed for practitioners in their first five years of practice. Some litigation experience is required, and participants should have had at least two years’ such experience.

Note: Enrolments are restricted to 32 participants.

Fee (incl GST):

  • $4,540 (NZLS members)
  • $4,790 (non-members)

Course application forms

You must complete an application form to be considered to attend these courses. Completing an application form does not guarantee you a place. You will be notified shortly after the closing date whether you have a place on the course.

  • Auckland programme: Download a course application form for the Auckland programme here.
    Note: Applications MUST reach NZLS CLE Ltd by 5.00pm on Wednesday 2 September 2020.
     
  • Wellington programme: Download a course application form for the Wellington programme here.
    Note: Applications MUST reach NZLS CLE Ltd by 5.00pm on Wednesday 30 September 2020.

Financial assistance - Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust

Limited financial assistance may be available through the Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust.

Note: Applications for assistance for the both Auckland and Wellington Programme must be received by 5.00pm, Wednesday 2 September 2020. Late applications cannot be considered.

Please note: You must submit your scholarship application concurrent with the course application to be considered to attend the course.

Download a Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust application form

Cancellation & refund policy

Withdrawal from the programme before the respective closing dates of 2 September and 30 September 2020 incurs no cost.

After that date, if the registrant can be replaced, and any materials issued have been returned unmarked, an administration fee of $400.00 will be charged. If no replacement is found, no refund is payable.

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Litigation Skills Programme - Wellington

The Terrace Conference Centre - Sun 15 – Sat 21 November

NZ $4,790.00
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