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Introduction to Criminal Law Practice 2019

Introduction to Criminal Law Practice 2019
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This practical two-day workshop will cover the fundamentals of being an effective criminal lawyer. The course addresses the steps that young lawyers need to know about to prepare for and run a Judge-alone trial in the District Court.

Day one

  • The fundamentals of being a good criminal lawyer
  • Putting it into practice
  • Status hearings
  • Planning and running defended summary hearings
  • Planning a plea in mitigation.

Day two

  • Sentencing
  • Name suppression
  • Bail
  • Discovery
  • Legal aid
  • Etiquette and ethics
  • Evidence-in-chief
  • Cross-examination
  • Producing exhibits
  • Delivering a plea in mitigation.

Learning objectives

You will gain essential skills to enable you to advise your clients about the range of available law-based resolutions which may apply to them and then learn how to put those skills into practice.


A range of teaching and learning techniques will be used including:

  • Group discussions preparing and delivering a plea in mitigaton
  • Planning evidence-in-chief and cross-examination
  • Practising a series of drills (with feedback from experienced counsel)
  • Mini-lectures
  • Brainstorming specific cases.

Three specifically written case studies will be used in the programme.

Who should attend

This workshop will be very beneficial for all practitioners wanting to be appointed to level one of the criminal legal aid list, and those recently appointed to this level. Note: places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.


Participants will be sent a full set of materials in advance.


  • Day 1: 9.00am – 5.30pm
  • Day 2: 8.30am – 5.00pm


  • Brett Crowley, Public Defender, Wellington

Fee (incl GST)


  • $580 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $680 - Non-members

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available through the Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust. Applications for assistance must be received by 5pm on 3 April 2019 for Wellington and 5pm on 31 July for Auckland.  Late applications cannot be considered.

Please note: You must still register to attend this course, either online or by completing a registration form.

Download a Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust application form (123KB).

Download PDF brochure and registration form here.

Wellington 6 - 7 May
Auckland 2 - 3 September

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 until five working days before the presentation. Please advise NZLS CLE Ltd in writing of the change.

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