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Drug & Alcohol Testing - another tool to minimise time in custody

Drug & Alcohol Testing - another tool to minimise time in custody
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This webinar is aimed at defence lawyers and will help ensure that you are fully conversant with opportunities to assist your clients to minimise time in custody by applying for a community sentence coupled with drug and alcohol abstinence conditions.

These are not new provisions, but the opportunity to use them has expanded now as testing resources are available throughout the country, making this a viable option for many of your clients.

In particular, this webinar will cover:

  • Background information about the legislation including a move from punitive to more therapeutic sentences
  • A comprehensive discussion on real-world situations where clients were facing prison sentences
  • How it works and how to access drug and alcohol testing.

Learning objectives

By attending this webinar you will:

  • Have a deeper understanding of community sentences with drug and alcohol abstinence conditions and how they are monitored.
  • Be better able to advise your clients in avoiding time in custody.

Who should attend

Criminal law practitioners.

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.

Fee (Incl GST)


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


  • Webinar 11.00am - 12.00pm, Thursday 3 June 2021
  • Registration closes  - 3.00pm, Wednesday 2 June 2021

View PDF registration form here.

Webinar 3 June
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Cameron Michael 2021 - webedit 83x96 Michael Cameron
Department of Corrections, Wellington

Michael is legal manager of advice and legislation for the Department of Corrections. In 2016 he won the Law Foundation's International Research Fellowship for his project on "Realising the Potential of Driverless Vehicles". Michael’s report for that project was released on 19 April 2018 and contains recommendations for law reform. He has many years of experience advising on, developing and implementing legislation in New Zealand and the United Kingdom in a number of different subject areas including public health, drinking water, flood protection and climate change adaptation, public/private partnerships, debt recovery, regulation of monopoly providers, public adoption of private infrastructure and compulsory acquisition, powers to compel telcos to provide customer information, and corrections/justice legislation. In 2015 Michael won the ILANZ Chapman Tripp Public Sector In-House Lawyer of the Year.

Forster Eric 2021 - webedit 83x96 Eric Forster
Barrister, Hastings

Eric is a criminal barrister practising in Hawkes Bay. He has practised criminal law for over 26 years. Eric has experienced legal issues arising from alcohol – from impaired driving to intoxication directions in murder trials. He brings a wealth of practical experience to the discussion.


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

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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