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Parole Board Hearings - the lawyer's role

Parole Board Hearings - the lawyer's role
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The parole system assesses whether eligible prisoners can be released (based on risk), and oversees their transition from prison to community. Hearings are conducted in an inquisitorial manner and prisoners must request permission for a lawyer to appear.

There are approximately 8,000 parole hearings every year, but lawyers appear at only a small percentage of them. There are significant opportunities for practitioners to play a greater role in this process.

This webinar will provide practical insights on the Parole Board hearing process and the role of the parole lawyer.

Topics covered will include:

The Parole Board
  • The statutory basis of parole
  • Hearings
  • Reviews, recalls, and compassionate release applications
  • The role of the lawyer from a Board point of view.
The Parole Lawyer
  • Taking instructions
  • Preparing for the hearing
  • Appearing before the Board.

Learning objectives

After this webinar you will know:

  • How parole hearings work.
  • What information you need to represent a client.
  • How to help your client get the best outcome.

Who should attend

Practitioners at all levels with litigation experience or interest who want to explore and develop a new area of practice.

Book / Technical Specs

A background book written by the presenters is available in hard copy, PDF, or both. Please indicate your choice upon registration. 

  • Hard Copy - Your book will be posted to you - no extra charge 
  • PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event - no extra charge 
  • Both Hard Copy & PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event, and posted the hard copy book  - additional $30 charge
For information on what is required to participate in the webinar, click here.


  • Judith Fyfe, Barrister, Wellington
  • Sir Ronald Young, Chairperson, New Zealand Parole Board, Wellington

Fee (Incl GST)


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


  • Webinar - 11.00am - 12.30pm
  • Registration closes - 3.00pm, Wednesday 13 March 2019

View PDF brochure and registration form here.

Webinar 14 March
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.


Attendance at the live webinar
  • If you attended the live webinar, you will receive an electronic certificate of attendance as verification for your CPD records.
  • You can view and hear the presentation again, as many times as you wish in your own time for no additional cost.
Registration but non-attendance on the day
  • Under the CPD Scheme only those who attend a live webinar are eligible to claim CPD hours.
  • If you registered but were unable to attend on the day, you can view and hear the archived recording of the presentation.

Cancellation and refund policy

Since the webinar is available to registrants as an archive after the live presentation, there is no cancellation – we just transfer your user status as a registrant from the live presentation to a purchaser of the webinar package of recorded webinar, PowerPoints and booklet.

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