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Sentencing decisions are complex and by law must take into account a range of considerations, some of which may be in conflict, including; the seriousness of the offending, the interests of the victim, consistency with sentences imposed for similar offending, and the personal circumstances of the offender. This seminar will take a practical approach in looking at the key issues and the implications of recent developments in this area and will help ensure that you are able to achieve the best possible results for your clients.

This seminar will include:

  • Discussion of s 27 Sentencing Act 2002, and how best to use it
  • Three strikes – a review of recent decisions
  • Guideline and other “useful” sentencing judgments – a go-to list for easy reference
  • A review of interesting recent Court of Appeal sentencing decisions.

Learning objective

After attending this seminar you will gain:

  • Up to date knowledge of current issues and case law in sentencing.

Who should attend

Criminal lawyers at all levels.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the PowerPoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm (tea and coffee available on arrival)

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $115 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $165 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
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Christchurch 28 November
Live Web Stream 28 November


Kerryn Beaton - Email 83px Kerryn Beaton
Walker Street Chambers, Christchurch

Kerryn is a barrister who specialises in criminal law. She was previously a senior Crown prosecutor and Deputy Public Defender in Christchurch, worked at Crown Law in the Criminal Team, and spent two years as a Legal Officer with the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia. Kerryn is a member of the NZLS Legal Services Committee and the Litigation Skills Faculty.

BULGER Liz - email 83px Liz Bulger
Riverlands Chambers, Christchurch

Liz is a specialist criminal barrister with trial and appeal experience at all levels. She has been a Youth Advocate since 2004 and is regularly appointed as Counsel to Assist. Liz is a past member of the NZLS Criminal Law Committee, the current Convenor of the NZLS Legal Services Committee and the Co-ordinator for NZLS CLE Duty Solicitor Training Programme in Christchurch since 2001, as well as a Litigation Skills Faculty member since 2001 and Director in 2011.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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28 November - Commodore Airport Hotel

NZ $165.00
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Sentencing - Live Web Stream

28 November - At your desk or device

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