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Introduction to Civil Litigation Skills 2022

Introduction to Civil Litigation Skills 2022
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In accordance with the COVID-19 protection framework we require everyone attending our in-person events to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Find out more

If you are registering on behalf of others, you will need to acknowledge our in-person attendance policy on their behalf – please ensure you have the correct information as the cancellation and refund policy for the particular course will be strictly adhered to.

Surveys of recently admitted practitioners repeatedly identify civil litigation as the area in which most practitioners in their first years of practice want formal training. This programme responds to this need and complements both the skills-based pre-admission courses and the annual NZLS CLE Litigation Skills Programme.

As a recently admitted practitioner, you should not miss this unique opportunity to develop practical skills in civil litigation and ensure you will be able to face a court case with confidence.

In this intensive, small-group workshop you will:

  • Work through a summary judgment claim
  • Identify and understand the various steps in the process
  • Develop the practical skills you need to handle this, and other litigation files, competently and confidently
  • Learn how to draft pleadings, evidence and submissions
  • Become aware of the ethical issues involved
  • Learn how to present an argument in court and improve your advocacy skills.

Learning objectives

You will understand how to prepare for and conduct a civil trial. You will know how to organise case materials and draft various court documents.


Presenters will take you through lectures, discussions and preparing the documents in groups. Participants will present their individually drafted oral submissions on Day Two.

Who should attend

Recently admitted practitioners and those in their first two to three years of practice.


Participants will be sent a set of materials in advance.


  • Day 1: 8.30am – 5.30pm
  • Day 2: 9.15am – 4.15pm


  • Sandra Grant, Barrister, Auckland
  • Roderick Joyce QSO, QC, Auckland
  • Adrian Olney, Barrister, Wellington
  • Nikki Pender, Barrister, Wellington

Fee (incl GST)

Entry Level Workshop

  • $765 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $825 - Non-members

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Use the multiple registration button below or Click here 

Download PDF brochure and registration form
Note some dates below differ from those originally published. 
Auckland 2 (postponed from 2021) 7 - 8 March 2022

Cancellation and refund policy

You may cancel your registration eight working days in advance of an event, and you will receive a refund less a 25% administration fee. If you cancel less than eight working days in advance of the event, no refund is payable. If you register for an in-person event and do not produce a current My Vaccine Pass, you will be denied entry, and no refund is payable. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. If you wish to do so you must advise CLE in writing of the change. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to close registrations and cancel or reschedule an event as necessary. Where an event is cancelled by CLE, a full refund is payable.

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