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Judicial Review 2021

Judicial Review 2021
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Judicial review proceedings are a useful means of challenging decisions made by a range of public, private and voluntary organisations. If you operate in the public law area or advise decision-makers, this seminar offers you a practical approach to the principles and processes of judicial review.

Topics covered will include:
  • The fundamentals of judicial review
    – what judicial review is
    – how it fits into our constitutional framework
    – how those affected by decisions can use the judicial review process to their strategic advantage
    – legal principles for lawful decision-making, in a nutshell what illegality, unfariness, and unreasonableness really mean.
  • Promoting lawful decision-making/avoiding judicial review
    – consulting effectively
    – getting the paper work right
    – your role as legal adviser
    – a “good process” model and checklist.
  • How to run and defend a judicial review action
    – pleading
    – interim orders
    – interlocutory matters
    – evidence
    – the hearing.


Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will:

  • Know the requirements for valid decision-making.
  • Minimise the risk of successful review and limit time and resources in dealing with review litigation.
  • Learn the court’s expectations on the decision-making process and find opportunities for influencing the process in your client’s favour.
  • Consider how best to achieve your client’s objective and learn how to run a judicial review proceeding.

Who should attend

Private sector lawyers who wish to brush up on the basics of judicial review together with those in the public sector who wish to obtain greater knowledge of decision-making processes and judicial review.

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 live web stream, click here.


  • Robert Kirkness, Thorndon Chambers, Wellington
  • Sally McKechnie, Simpson Grierson, Wellington


  • Seminar: The presenters will share practical advice, providing opportunity for questions and discussion.
  • Live webs stream: Via the internet, you will see and hear the presenters, see the PowerPoint slides and be able to type in questions.


  • 1.00pm - 5.00pm Seminar 
  • Live web stream registration closes - 3pm 23 February 2021

Fee (Incl GST)


  • $255 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $305 - Non-members

Live Web Stream

  • $235 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $285 - Non-members
  • 2+1 registrations and study groups click here for more info
Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Use the multiple registration button below or Click here

View PDF brochure and registration form here.

Wellington 24 February
Auckland 25 February
Live Web Stream 24 February
Christchurch 2 March
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

Cancellation & 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 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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Wellington 6011

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PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand