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Criminal Appellate Advocacy

Criminal Appellate Advocacy
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The volume of criminal appeals continues to grow and even the seasoned trial lawyer is likely to find operating in this unique environment a formidable task. This seminar will target those new to appearing in the Court of Appeal. Attend this seminar and receive the benefit of practical advice with regards to the challenges of appearing before the judiciary.

This seminar will include:
  • An outline of practical tips to determine whether your client has the right to appeal; will address:
    - Which court has jurisdiction to hear the appeal
    - The tests that determine whether a conviction appeal will be allowed
    - The test that applies to sentence appeals
    - Some of the practical pitfalls that arise in appeals
  • Discussion of what is required for your written submissions; to include:
    - Role of written submissions
    - Relationship between written and oral submissions
    - How to best structure written submissions
  • An overview of the hearing process; to cover:
    - Court room etiquette
    - How to use the written submissions
    - Making oral submissions to three judges
    - What is your best/strongest point?
    - Tips for effectively working with a senior in the court processes.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will gain:

  • Knowledge on how and when to step up to the Court of Appeal.
  • Greater understanding of the Court of Appeal process and how you can navigate your way.

Who should attend

Criminal lawyers; those wishing to appear in the Court of Appeal.


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

  • $125 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $175 - 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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Auckland 6 June
Live web stream 6 June


Nick Chisnall Photo WEB EDIT Nicholas Chisnall
Criminal and Employment Barrister, Blackstone Chambers, Auckland

Nicholas is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers. Before joining the bar, he was the Public Defence Service’s General Counsel and oversaw the PDS’s appeal practice. Before that, Nicholas was Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office, where he undertook appeals on behalf of the Solicitor-General. He has appeared many times on behalf of both defendants and the Crown in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Nicholas is an experienced jury trial advocate, both as a senior Crown prosecutor and defence lawyer and has defended and prosecuted all types of serious criminal cases.

Susan Grey WEB EDIT Susan Gray
Criminal Barrister, Blackstone Chambers, Auckland

Susan is a senior criminal barrister with 25 years’ experience. She is able to appear on all criminal matters, CYFS care and protection cases and at inquests and parole hearings. Between 1990 and 2013, Susan worked as a prosecutor at the Auckland Crown Solicitors office. For the last 11 years, she was a partner and regularly conducted serious criminal cases on behalf of the Crown. Since 2014, Susan has worked as a defence lawyer, undertaking a full range of criminal cases including appeals against sentence and conviction in the Court of Appeal. She is able to take direct instructions. Susan is an approved legal aid provider.

Phil WEB EDIT Philip Hamlin
Criminal Defence Barrister, Hamlin Law, Auckland

Philip is an experienced Criminal Barrister with extensive involvement across a wide range of criminal trials, appeals and related civil hearings. He is a former Crown Prosecutor with over 35 years’ of experience. Philip is recognised for his expertise in a number of important areas including sex crimes, child abuse and homicides, expert evidence cases, appeals, pornography and computer-internet crime. He has appeared in a number of significant trials including murder, attempted murder, serious assaults, drugs, fraud and sex crimes. Philip is an expert in defending his clients at trial, advising them on practical options in relation to each step in the process, engaging a range of experts to assist in their defence, and dealing with the many issues that arise when appearing in Court as a defendant. He is able to take instructions privately and is an approved criminal legal aid provider.

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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