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. Here is a way to gain more of the knowledge and skills you need to join this important group.
As well as completion of the programme, you will need to meet the Ministry of Justice’s general listing criteria for duty lawyers. The MOJ says that being listed as a duty lawyer does not guarantee a place on any roster. See the MOJ website, www.justice.govt.nz for more information.
All participants are required to attend the advising, examination 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 practise in a town which is not shown, we may be able to help you organise an introductory session in your area.
Materials will be supplied when you have registered and paid the programme fee. Please read carefully 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 on your observations and prepare for the introductory session.
Please Note: CPD Hours will vary in different centres. Main centres (bold) will qualify for 11 CPD hours and smaller centres will qualify for 10.5 CPD hours.
|The introduction and final (assessed) appearance must be attended in the region in which you intend to practise.|
|Centre||Introduction Friday||Advising Friday||Practice Court Saturday|
|Christchurch||22 February||29 March||30 March|
|Timaru||22 February||29 March (in Chch)||30 March (in Chch)|
|Wellington 1||8 March||3 May||4 May|
|Nelson||8 March||3 May (in Wgtn)||4 May (in Wgtn)|
|Auckland||5 April||7 June||8 June|
|Gisborne||5 April||7 June (in Akd)||8 June (in Akd)|
|Hamilton||21 June||26 July||27 July|
|Tauranga||18 June||26 July (in Ham)||27 July (in Ham)|
|Rotorua||21 June||26 July (in Ham)||27 July (in Ham)|
|Dunedin||28 June||6 September||7 September|
|Invercargill||28 June||6 September (in Dun)||7 September (in Dun)|
|Manukau||2 August||20 September||21 September|
|Whangarei||2 August||20 September (in Man)||21 September (in Man)|
|Wellington 2||9 August||11 October||12 October|
|Whanganui||9 August||11 October (in Wgtn)||12 October (in Wgtn)|
|Hawkes Bay||9 August||11 October (in Wgtn)||12 October (in Wgtn)|
|New Plymouth||9 August||11 October (in Wgtn)||12 October (in Wgtn)|
|Palmerston North||9 August||11 October (in Wgtn)||12 October (in Wgtn)|
You may transfer your registration to another centre for the exam and practice court session. We must be notified 10 working days in advance and you will be charged a $100 (incl GST) administration fee. If less than 10 days but greater than 5 days notice is given the transfer fee will be $150 (incl GST). If fewer than 5 days notice is given, the request will be treated as a cancellation.
If you notify us of your cancellation 10 or more working days in advance of an introduction session and you return your materials in a saleable condition, a full refund less an administration fee of $100 (incl GST) will be made. If less than 10 working days’ notice is given the administration fee is $150 (incl GST).Before the exam and practice court session:
If you cancel your registration with 10 or more working days’ notice before the exam and practice court session, a refund of $150 (incl GST) will be payable. If less than 10 days’ notice is given or you fail to attend on the day no refund will be made.
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