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Learning objectives l Ministry of Justice Requirements l Times & locations l Transfer & Cancellation policy
Duty lawyers are critical to the smooth running of a District Court list. This course gives you the basic knowledge and skills you need to apply to join this important group.
As well as completion of the programme, you will need to meet Ministry of Justice listing criteria for duty lawyers. Note that being listed as a duty lawyer does not guarantee a place on any roster. See the MOJ website for more information.
The introductory, advising, exam and practice court sessions are all run in five main centres. Introductory sessions are also held in a number of smaller centres.
Your introductory session and final assessed appearance must be attended in the region in which you intend to practise.All participants are required to attend the advising, exam, and practice court sessions in one of the main centres. These sessions are held on a Friday afternoon and the following Saturday morning.
If you are from a town which is not shown, we may be able to help you organise a separate introductory session.
At the completion of this programme you will be able to:
This course is for practitioners who intend to apply to be listed as a duty lawyer.
Note: It is possible to register and complete the majority of the course without a practising certificate, but you must hold a practising certificate by the time of your final assessed appearance.
Materials are couriered a month prior to the introductory session (providing you have registered and paid in full). You will need to read all instructions, requirements and assessment procedures to ensure you are fully prepared for each component of the course.We suggest that you register at least three weeks before the introductory session you wish to attend so that you can start your observations and prepare for the introductory session.
|The introduction and final assessed appearance must be attended in the region in which you intend to practise. Your final assessed appearance must take place within two years of your practice court session.|
|Introductory Session||Advising & Exam||Practice Court|
|Christchurch||12 February||9 April||10 April|
|Timaru||19 February||9 April (in Chch)||10 April (in Chch)|
|Wellington 1||5 March||30 April||1 May|
|Nelson||5 March||30 April (in Wgtn)||1 May (in Wgtn)|
|Auckland||9 April||28 May||29 May|
|Gisborne||9 April||28 May (in Akl)||29 May (in Akl)|
|Hamilton||18 June||23 July||24 July|
|Tauranga||18 June||23 July (in Ham)||24 July (in Ham)|
|Rotorua||18 June||23 July (in Ham)||24 July (in Ham)|
|Dunedin||25 June||8 October||9 October|
|Invercargill||25 June||8 October (in Dun)||9 October (in Dun)|
|Manukau||6 August||11 February 2022||12 February 2022|
|Whangarei||6 August||11 February 2022 (in Man)||12 February 2022 (in Man)|
|Wellington 2||13 August||TBC 2022||TBC 2022|
|Whanganui||13 August||TBC 2022 (in Wgtn)||TBC 2022 (in Wgtn)|
|Hawkes Bay||13 August||TBC 2022(in Wgtn)||TBC 2022 (in Wgtn)|
|New Plymouth||13 August||TBC 2022 (in Wgtn)||TBC 2022 (in Wgtn)|
|Palmerston North||13 August||TBC 2022 (in Wgtn)||TBC 2022 (in Wgtn)|
Note: transfer is available only within this calendar year.
Auckland and Manukau are separate centres and require a formal transfer.
No transfer is possible for the introductory session as it must be attended in the region in which you intend to practise.
|Advising & exam session and/or practice court session
Transfer to another centre
|Notice given||Fee payable|
|10+ working days||$100|
|5-9 working days||$150|
|0-4 working days||Transfer not possible, treated as cancellation. See cancellation below.|
Note: materials must be returned unused before refund will be processed.
|Before Introductory session|
|10+ working days||$405 (fee – $100 administration)|
|0-9 working days||$355 (fee – $150 administration)|
|Before advising & exam session and/or practice court session|
|10+ working days||$150|
|0-9 working days||No refund|
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