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Evidence - hostile & difficult witnesses 2021

Evidence - hostile & difficult witnesses 2021
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Being able to identify and deal with hostile and difficult witnesses – whether you are a prosecutor or a defence lawyer – is vitally important to ensure your client’s case is properly put before the Court. This webinar aims to equip you with the relevant skills by taking you through the law and focusing on the practical aspects of the various situations that you are likely to be confronted with.

Topics covered will include:

  • Having a witness sworn
  • Refreshing a witness’s memory
  • Dealing with hostile witnesses.

Learning objectives

By attending this webinar you will:

  • Become more skilled in handling difficult or forgetful witnesses.
  • Learn the underlying statutory and practical requirements when dealing with witnesses.
  • Gain confidence in getting the best out of your witness.

Who should attend

All criminal lawyers who want to improve their witness management, especially junior or intermediate 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 - 12.30pm, Wednesday 6 October 2021
  • Registration closes  - 3.00pm, Tuesday 5 October 2021

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Janine Bonifant 83x96 Janine Bonifant
Brandon Street Chambers, Wellington

Janine has had over 25 years’ experience as a litigator with a focus on criminal law, having prosecuted and defended many trials in the District and High Courts. In addition to criminal defence work, she also represents clients before a range of tribunals. Janine is an author for LexisNexis, with a focus on practical advocacy. She has been a member of the NZLS CLE Litigation Skills Programme since 2006 and has been the Director twice. Janine is on the faculty of the Advanced Litigation Skills Programme.

sally carter 83x96 Sally Carter
Luke Cunningham Clere, Wellington

Sally is a Partner at Luke Cunningham Clere, the Crown Solicitor’s Office in Wellington. She has prosecuted numerous jury trials in the District and High Courts, is on the Serious Fraud Office Panel of Prosecutors, and is an external moderator for the Institute of Professional Legal studies. Sally acts for several regulatory and professional bodies and has appeared before various Tribunals. She was previously a Barrister in England where she was instructed in criminal trials (both prosecution and defence) as well as public and family law. Consequently, Sally has had contact with all manner of witnesses over the years.


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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