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How to Run a Jury Trial 2019

How to Run a Jury Trial 2019
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Working in groups, you will follow step-by-step the practical aspects of preparing for and conducting a jury trial. You will be challenged to examine why, when and how you tackle the various stages involved.

The programme will include:

Preparing for the trial

  • Jury trial or judge alone
  • Dealing with the documents – discovery, disclosure, exhibits, preparing a trial notebook
  • Developing the theory of the case
  • Preliminary interviews, inspecting the scene, identifying the issues, who should be called
  • The Criminal Procedure Act
  • Preparation – from election to trial
  • Oral evidence hearings
  • Pre-trial callover
  • Final preparation.

Conducting the trial itself

  • Further pre-trial preparation, discussions with the Crown, late evidence, jury selection, tactics, preparing your client
  • Trial procedure
  • Dealing with witnesses
  • Calling the accused?
  • Openings and closings, leading evidence, cross-examination
  • Ethical issues
  • What the bench expects – hear from a local District Court Judge
  • Summary and conclusion.

Learning objectives

You will:

  • Understand how to prepare for and conduct a jury trial.
  • Learn how to organise case materials, prepare for the different stages, and how to recognise and evaluate the various options available.


A range of teaching and learning techniques will be used.

Who should attend

This workshop is a must for all practitioners who see themselves as specialising in criminal law who are already on the level one legal aid list and are seeking inclusion in the level two legal aid list, or have recently been appointed to the level two legal aid list.


Participants will receive background materials in advance. The text Introduction to Advocacy is a useful resource. Registrants can purchase it for the discounted price of $92.00 + $10.00 p&p (normally $128.50). Limited supply available. Select option on registration below to order.


  • 9.00am - 5.30pm


  • Fiona Guy Kidd QC, Barrister, Invercargill
  • Craig Ruane, Barrister, Christchurch

Fee (incl GST)


  • $560 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $610 - Non-members

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available through the Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust. Applications for assistance must be received by 5pm on 26 June 2019.  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.

Invercargill 23 July
Christchurch 24 July
Wellington 30 July
Auckland 31 July

Cancellation and refund policy

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.

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