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Criminal Law Symposium 2020

Criminal Law Symposium 2020
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From the Chair

The 2020 Criminal Law Symposium will be the 11th in the series. The aim and purpose of this biennial conference remains the same; to address not only key developments in the area of criminal practice but also confront its contemporary challenges.

As in past years, we are assisted by an outstanding line up of presenters who will cover a startling range of contemporary topics. While the programme speaks for itself, the planning group considered that in these strange times, access to justice has never assumed greater importance. In the context of that theme, topics such as Criminal Law and Tikanga Māori, Electronic Courts, The Future of Criminal Law and the Criminal Cases Review Commission, will be discussed. Additionally, this year marks the 30th anniversary of NZBORA which received its Royal assent on 28 August 1990.

How well it has served our needs to date and how well equipped it is to meet future challenges will be debated. And then add to these, the highly popular perennials; the evidence and sentencing updates. If you have previously attended this Symposium, I do hope you will sign up again. If you have not and you practise in criminal law or have an interest in the field, I would strongly encourage you to enrol. This is a unique criminal law conference quite unlike any other. It is not only an opportunity to hear from recognised leaders in the field, but it also provides a forum within which to mix with likeminded others and share that special camaraderie which the criminal law offers.

Chair: The Honourable Justice Simon Moore

Programme outline

Download the course brochure for a full outline of each session
  • Evidence Act Update
  • 30 Years of NZBORA
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Going Beyond Appearances: Whakaaro Māori in the Criminal Law
  • The Future of Criminal Law
  • The Future of Electronic Courts
  • Sentencing Update
  • Followed by drinks and dinner

Learning objectives

In this intensive you will:

  • Gain up to date analysis and interpretation of recent developments in criminal law.
  • Increase your knowledge of current best practice in criminal advocacy.

Who should attend

  • All lawyers interested in current criminal law and developments.
  • All those practising in the criminal courts.

Symposium Dinner

Dinner will take place at Te Marae Rongomaraeroa at Te Papa. $155 per person; includes three course meal and drinks. Guest Speaker: The Honourable Justice William Young. Guests are welcome, please indicate on registration.

Live Web Stream

This intensive is available via live web stream, direct to your computer. Click here to find out more about web streaming.
Please note: Live Web Stream registrations close 3pm 29 October.


Please indicate your selection upon registration:
  • Hard Copy - Your book will be given to you when you register on the day* - no extra charge 
  • PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event - no extra charge 
  • Both Hard Copy & PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event, and you can collect the hard copy book when you register on the day*  - additional $30 charge

*Live web stream attendees - if you select hard copy or both - your book will be couriered to you.


  • 8.30am - 9.00am - Registration
  • 9.00am - Sessions begin
  • 5.30pm - Sessions end
  • 6.30pm - Drinks and dinner

Fee (incl GST)


Earlybird - by 16 October 2020
  • $695 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • ​$755 - Non-members

Registration after 16 October 2020

  • $745 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $805 - Non-members


  • $155 per person

Live Web Stream

Earlybird - by 16 October 2020
  • $675

Registration after 16 October 2020

  • $725

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
Download PDF brochure & registration form here.

Wellington 30 October
Live Web Stream 30 October
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

Cancellation and refund policy

Please note: Minimum and maximum numbers apply. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. Registrations close 10 working days before the presentation date (the closing date). NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel any session that does not reach the budgeted minimum number of registrations. This decision will be made on the closing date and a full refund will be made to each registrant of the cancelled session. If you cancel your registration before the closing date, a refund will be made, less a $100 administration fee. After the closing date, there will be no refund. You may transfer your registration to another person until five working days before the presentation. Please advise NZLS CLE Ltd in writing of the change.

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0800 333 111

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04 472 7837

04 463 2986
Level 4, 17-21 Whitmore Street
Wellington 6011

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PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand