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Non-residential Litigation Skills Programme 2022

Non-residential Litigation Skills Programme 2022
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Now in its 37th year, this week long programme provides in-depth hands-on training in the skills needed for successful courtroom advocacy.

In 2022, we are delighted to be able to offer two non-residential Litigation Skills Programmes 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 residential Christchurch course and will use the same National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) teaching method.

Applications for the programme must be received by 5pm on their respective closing dates. All applicants must meet with the prerequisite criteria: 2+ years of litigation experience.

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 – Full 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 for each programme.

Course details and closing dates

Auckland Litigation Skills Programme

  • Dates: Sun 14 – Sat 20 August 2022
  • Director: Vicki Thorpe
  • Team Leader: TBC
  • Faculty: 24 senior practitioners
  • Venue: Ellerslie Events Centre
  • Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 10 June

Wellington Litigation Skills Programme

  • Dates: Sun 13 - Sat 19 November 2022
  • Director: Coroner Mark Wilton
  • Team Leader: His Hon Judge Sainsbury
  • Faculty: 24 senior practitioners
  • Venue: The Terrace Conference Centre
  • Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 9 September
 

Materials

Extensive materials comprising a course folder and casefile will be sent to you in advance.

Accommodation

This is a non-residential programme, participants will need to make their own accommodation arrangements.

Fee (incl GST)

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

Course application form

You must complete an application form to be considered to attend this. 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: Applications closed on 5pm Friday 10 June 2022
  • Wellington programme: Applications closed on 5pm Friday 9 September 2022
Download pdf course brochure & application form

Financial assistance

Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust

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

Note: Applications for assistance must be received by:
  • Auckland 5.00pm, Friday 10 June 2022
  • Wellington 5.00pm, Friday 9 September 2022.
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

 

Auckland 14 - 20 August
Wellington 13 - 19 November

Cancellation & refund policy

Withdrawal from the programme before the application closing date incurs no cost. After that date if the registrant is able to be replaced an administration fee of $400 is charged. If no replacement is found, no refund is payable. Note: Applications MUST reach NZLS CLE Ltd by 5.00pm on Friday 10 June 2022 for Auckland and 5.00pm on Friday 9 September 2022 for Wellington. You will be notified within five working days of the closing date whether you have a place on the course.

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Non-Residential Litigation Skills Programme - Auckland

14 - 20 August - Ellerslie Event Centre

NZ $4,790.00
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Non-Residential Litigation Skills Programme - Wellington

13 - 19 November - The Terrace Conference Centre

NZ $4,790.00
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