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Duty Lawyer Training Programme 2022

Duty Lawyer Training Programme 2022
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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.

You will:
  • Undertake self-directed pre-course reading and preparation.
  • Arrange to observe experienced duty lawyers for a minimum of five half days.
  • Attend an introductory session in the area in which you intend to practise (introductory session).
  • Work through realistic scenarios with an experienced duty lawyer (advising session)
  • Sit an open book exam (exam session).
  • Make critiqued practice appearances (practice court session).
  • Be observed and assessed while making your first real appearance as a duty lawyer (final assessed appearance).

Ministry of Justice requirements 

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.

Administration 

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.

Learning objectives

At the completion of this programme you will be able to:

  • Recognise what information is required to advise list court defendants.
  • Advise defendants as to their best course of action.
  • Recognise when to seek advice from a more experienced duty lawyer.
  • Recognise the limits of the duty lawyer role.
  • Make appropriate applications/submissions for a defendant.
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to ethical issues which may arise.
  • Know how to interact appropriately with the Community Probation Service, Police, the Forensic Nurse and other services assisting in the list court.

Who should attend 

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

Materials are couriered about four weeks before your 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 four weeks before the introductory session you wish to attend so that you can start your observations and prepare for the introductory session.

Fee (incl GST)

Entry Level Workshop

  • $515
Fee includes all materials and catering
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Timing & Locations

  • Introductory session: 2.00pm - 5.30pm
  • Advising & exam session: 1.00pm - 6.00pm
  • Practice court session: 8.30am - 1.30pm 
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 Session Practice Court Session
Wellington 1 4 March 1 July 2 July
Nelson 4 March 1 July (in Wgtn) 2 July (in Wgtn)
Christchurch 4 March 13 May  14 May
Timaru 4 March 13 May (in Chch) 14 May (in Chch)
Auckland 8 April 27 May 28 May
Gisborne 8 April 27 May (in Akl) 28 May (in Akl)
Hamilton 17 June 22 July 23 July
Tauranga 17 June 22 July (in Ham) 23 July (in Ham)
Rotorua 17 June 22 July (in Ham) 23 July (in Ham)
Dunedin 1 July 26 August 27 August
Invercargill 1 July 26 August (in Dun) 27 August (in Dun)
Manukau 5 August 16 September 17 September
Whangarei 5 August 16 September (in Man) 17 September (in Man)
Wellington 2 12 August 14 October 15 October
Whanganui 12 August 14 October (in Wgtn) 15 October (in Wgtn)
Hawkes Bay 12 August 14 October (in Wgtn) 15 October (in Wgtn)
New Plymouth 12 August 14 October (in Wgtn) 15 October (in Wgtn)
Palmerston North 12 August 14 October (in Wgtn) 15 October (in Wgtn)

Transfer Policy

Note: transfer is available only within this calendar year.
Auckland and Manukau are separate centres and require a formal transfer.

Introductory session
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
Notice given Fee payable
10+ working days $110
5-9 working days $160
0-4 working days Transfer not possible, treated as cancellation. See cancellation below.

Cancellation Policy

Before Introductory session
Notice given Refund
10+ working days $395 (fee – $120 administration)
0-9 working days $345 (fee – $170 administration)
Before advising & exam session and/or practice court session
Notice given Refund
10+ working days $145 (fee – $370 administration)
0-9 working days No refund


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Duty Lawyer Training Programme - Manukau

Starts 5 August - The Parnell Hotel & Conference Centre

NZ $515.00

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Duty Lawyer Training Programme - Whangarei

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Duty Lawyer Training Programme - Wellington 2

Starts 12 August - Wellesley Boutique Hotel

NZ $515.00

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Duty Lawyer Training Programme - Hawkes Bay

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Duty Lawyer Training Programme - New Plymouth

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PO Box 5041
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New Zealand