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Criminal Law Update

Criminal Law Update
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Working in the criminal law field continues to present an array of challenges and it is important that practitioners continue to remain abreast of developments. This seminar will include an examination of recent appellate cases and the implications for your clients on a practical level.

This seminar will include an update on the current criminal law, including:
  • Issues in sentencing
    - minimum periods of imprisonment
    - the effects of the Three Strikes regime
    - and a different approach to guilty plea discounts
  • The Court of Appeal’s approach to acquittal propensity
  • Developments in procedure: appeals; disclosure, representative charges. 

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will gain:

  • Updated knowledge on the current case law and recent decisions; especially helpful to barristers in private practice.
  • Practical tips on how to best advise your client within the criminal law field.

Who should attend

Criminal lawyers.


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 20 August
Live Web Stream 20 August


WEB EDIT Katie Hogan Katie Hogan
Barrister, City Chambers, Auckland

After graduating with a BA, LLB (Hons) from the University of Otago in 2000, Katie worked at Russell McVeagh in Auckland as a civil litigator before travelling and working overseas. After her return to New Zealand, and following a short contract with LeeSalmonLong, Katie joined Meredith Connell in January 2006. There she undertook jury trial work, achieving senior classification in 2009 and becoming an associate of the firm in 2012. In 2015, Katie and her young family moved to Samoa where she was employed as a legal consultant to the Samoan Attorney-General. At the same time Katie was part of the team that successfully bid for the new Manukau Crown Solicitor’s warrant. She returned to New Zealand and began working for Kayes Fletcher Walker as a senior Crown prosecutor in October 2015. Katie joined the Independent Bar and became a member of City Chambers in October 2018.

WEB EDIT KAYES, Gareth Gareth Kayes
Director, Kayes Fletcher Walker, Auckland

Gareth is a director of Kayes Fletcher Walker, the office of the Manukau Crown Solicitor. He is an experienced criminal lawyer focusing on serious crime in both the High Court and District Court. Gareth’s appellate experience includes both criminal and judicial review appeals to the Court of Appeal. He clerked for the Chief Justice before completing a BCL and MPhil at the University of Oxford. He then worked in civil litigation at Gilbert Walker. In 2008, Gareth moved to Meredith Connell, before establishing Kayes Fletcher Walker in 2014.

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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PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand