An integral part of the New Zealand Family Court system is the state-funded legal representation of children. Lawyers entrusted with these duties must possess a range of skills to enable them to represent children effectively in care and protection cases, in addition to facilitating the new emphasis on children’s participation in respect of parenting arrangements.This workshop has been designed to ensure participants have the opportunity to develop the full range of skills, knowledge and attitudes required to carry out the role effectively.
By the end of the workshop participants should be able to:
You will gain an understanding of the role, the skills required to communicate with children, child development issues, and strategies for addressing conflicts of interest when the child’s views don’t correspond with their own best interests.
A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used which includes a high degree of active participation by participants. The workshop is limited to 34 participants.
Lawyers who are considering seeking listing as lawyer for child. Participants should have a minimum of four years’ experience in the Family Court.
Course materials will be distributed at the workshop.
Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
Financial assistance may be available through the Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust. Applications for assistance must be received by 5pm on 21 February 2018. Late applications cannot be considered.
Please note: You must still register to attend this course, either online or by completing a registration form.
Download a Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust application form (123KB).
Download PDF brochure and registration form here.
|Wellington||21 - 23 March|
Please note: Minimum and maximum numbers apply. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. Registrations close 10 working days before the presentation date (the closing date). NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel any session that does not reach the budgeted minimum number of registrations. This decision will be made on the closing date and a full refund will be made to each registrant of the cancelled session. If you cancel your registration before the closing date, a refund will be made, less a $100 administration fee. After the closing date, there will be no refund. You may transfer your registration until five working days before the presentation. Please advise NZLS CLE Ltd in writing of the change.