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Civil Electronic Casebooks - Senior Courts 2019 - Online CPD

Civil Electronic Casebooks - Senior Courts 2019 - Online CPD
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Online CPD Module  l  Electronic booklet  l  PowerPoint Presentation

Package Fee (incl GST)

  • $125- NZLS members and Associate members
  • $175 - Non-members

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Online CPD Module

Presentation time: 120 minutes

Electronic casebooks are becoming the desired medium in document-intensive trials and on all civil appeals in the Senior Courts. Used well, consistently with the updated Protocol, they are tools for persuasive advocacy.

The updated Senior Courts Civil Electronic Document Protocol came into effect in March this year and is intended to encourage and facilitate the use of electronic casebooks for civil cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

This seminar will help you to use and construct electronic casebooks effectively, and will provide the perspectives of the Judiciary and senior lawyers.

Topics include:
  • How appeal judges use electronic casebooks during the appeal and for judgment writing
  • How trial judges use electronic casebooks during trial and for judgment writing
  • Effective deployment of electronic casebooks by counsel in preparation for and during trials and appeals
  • The updated Protocol and the rationale behind the changes
  • Constructing an electronic casebook
  • Where to longer term with electronic casebooks.

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Learning objectives

After completing this module, participants will have an enhanced understanding of:

  • The updated protocol.
  • How electronic casebooks are being used by the Judiciary.
  • How to work with the casebooks.


Authors: Authors: The Hon Justice Forrest Miller, The Hon Justice Pheroze Jagose, Bronwyn McKinlay, Laura O’Gorman
Published: 29 October 2019
Pages: 89


This is the second occasion on which the New Zealand Law Society has conducted a seminar series on the use of electronic casebooks in the Senior Courts. The first was in 2016.

Much has changed since then. The first seminar focused on appellate work in the Court of Appeal, although it also included the trial lawyers’ perspective. For historical reasons the Court of Appeal had been first to adopt electronic casebooks. They were not much used in trial courts at that time. For many years the occasional large trial had been conducted on an electronic basis, but the systems used were bespoke and cost limited their accessibility. There was no standard methodology permitting the economical and efficient use of electronic casebooks in ordinary civil proceedings.

In this second seminar the needs of the trial court have taken centre stage. There are good reasons for that. Ideally an electronic casebook will be based on electronic discovery, used in the trial court, and adapted as necessary for appellate courts. And the needs of the trial court are more complex. Documents must be added in the lead up to trial and during the trial, and they must be available for use when closing submissions are delivered. Appellate casebooks are by comparison static, and so simpler. (Continued...)

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Civil Electronic Casebooks - Senior Courts 2019 - Online CPD

Publication Date: 29-Oct-2019

Authors: The Hon Justice Forrest Miller, The Hon Justice Pheroze Jagose, Bronwyn McKinlay, Laura O’Gorman

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