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Introduction to Criminal Law Practice 2020

Introduction to Criminal Law Practice 2020
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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 lawyers new to criminal practice 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
  • Case review hearings
  • Judge-alone trials
  • 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 learn how to put those skills into practice both in preparing for and appearing at a criminal trial.


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

  • Group discussions on topics including preparing and delivering a plea in mitigation
  • Planning evidence-in-chief and cross-examination
  • Practising a series of drills (with feedback from experienced counsel)
  • Mini-lectures
  • How to approach different cases.

Who should attend

This workshop is a must 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 register early to avoid disappointment.


You will be sent a folder of readings and course materials when you have registered and paid.


You are expected to make yourself familiar with the contents of the course folder before you arrive. As well, there is required pre-course reading of about 1-2 hours.


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


  • Jo Wickliffe, Barrister, Auckland

Fee (incl GST)


  • $590 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $690 - 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: 5.00pm Wednesday 30 September.

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 2 - 3 November
Auckland 5 - 6 November

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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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