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Bail Applications - the fundamentals

Bail Applications - the fundamentals
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One of the first questions your clients will typically ask is whether they are likely to get bail when charged with an offence. This seminar will provide you with an update on the fundamentals of making bail applications and dealing with a variety common bail related issues.

This seminar will include:

  • An overview of the Bail Act 2000 and the fundamental principles to be applied under this legislation
  • A discussion on making and effectively advancing bail applications, including for electronically-monitored bail and bail in the High Court, and with regard to evidential considerations in operation
  • A discussion on strategy as between making an application for bail simpliciter, electronically-monitored bail, and appealing a declinature at first instance.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will be able to:

  • Apply a working understanding of the tests applicable under the Bail Act 2000, including on appeals against bail decisions.
  • Effectively analyse the options available in advancing applications and appeals.
  • Better advance your client’s best interests in respect of bail.

Who should attend

Criminal lawyers and general practitioners advising clients facing a criminal prosecution.


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

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $145 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $195 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Use the Multiple Registration button below or Click here
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Live Web Stream 15 April
Auckland 15 April


Donna-Maree pic WEB EDIT Donna-Maree Cross
Barrister, Lorne Street Chambers, Auckland

Maree is experienced in criminal and civil litigation. In addition to her LLB(Hons)/ BA from the University of Auckland (graduating with a Senior Prize and Senior Scholarship respectively), she holds an LLM (graduating as a Scholar) from Columbia University in the City of New York, where she specialised in trial and appellate practice. Maree was previously a Senior Associate at MinterEllisonRuddWatts as well as full-time junior counsel to David PH Jones QC. She has acted for a number of high profile individuals and appears regularly in court, including in the jurytrial jurisdiction. Maree has built up particular expertise representing clients in concurrent proceedings and parallel forums. She has been a member of the New Zealand Bar Association Law Reform Committee since 2016. Maree is also Deputy Convenor of one of the Auckland Standards Committees. She is the author of the chapter on “Surveillance” in the Thomson Reuters’ publication, Privacy Law in New Zealand. Maree joined the Independent Bar in February 2016.

Todd pic WEB EDIT Todd Simmonds
Barrister, Lorne Street Chambers, Auckland

Todd was admitted to the bar in 1990 and specialises in criminal and regulatory litigation. He has extensive trial experience in the High and District Courts, and has appeared many times as lead counsel in the Court of Appeal. Prior to becoming a barrister sole in 2004, Todd was a senior prosecutor with Meredith Connell, the office of the Auckland Crown Solicitor. He has been a member of the Auckland Crown Solicitor’s panel since 2004 and was appointed to the Manukau Crown Solicitor’s panel upon its inception in 2015. In 2006, Todd was appointed as senior counsel to the New Zealand Defence Force Courts-Martial panel. In 2010, he was appointed to the Serious Fraud Office prosecution panel. Between 2011 and 2018, Todd served as a member of the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal. Between 2010 and 2019, he served as a member of the New Zealand Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee. Todd is a past convenor of the ADLS’ Criminal Law Committee and is currently the Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Bar Association’s Criminal Law Committee. He is also a member of the pro-bono prosecution panel for the Auckland SPCA.

Cancellation and refund policy

You may cancel your registration eight working days in advance of an event, and you will receive a refund less a 25% administration fee. If you cancel less than eight working days in advance of the event, no refund is payable. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. If you wish to do so you must advise CLE in writing of the change. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to close registrations, and, cancel or reschedule an event as necessary. Where an event is cancelled by CLE, a full refund is payable.

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