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Evidence and Trial Preparation 2021

Evidence and Trial Preparation 2021
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18/2/2021 - The Dunedin session of this workshop has been cancelled. 

Dispute resolution has never been as complex as it is today. Successful outcomes only happen with meticulous planning and skilful execution. Whether working in a civil or criminal context, collecting, organising and using evidence to best effect are the essential skills of every litigator and dispute resolution practitioner.

This practical workshop covers the core skills of evidence, proof and factual analysis (EPF), as well as approaches to investigations, the development of case theory and how to manage the paperwork associated with any case. (Please note that while the law of evidence and civil and criminal procedure are touched upon, this workshop is not a presentation on the Evidence Act 2006, the High Court Rules, District Court Rules, Criminal Procedure Act 2011, or Criminal Disclosure Act 2008.)

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn more about flexible methodologies for the management of evidence.
  • Develop a better understanding of reasoning and its use in the development of case theories.
  • Learn how to better identify the strengths and weaknesses of a case whether acting for the plaintiff, prosecution or the defendant.
  • Learn strategies to obtain evidence and admissions.
  • Discuss several ethical issues arising during the trial preparation process.
  • Gain further practical insights into the preparation of trial documentation including:
    - the development of effective chronologies
    - the preparation of witness briefs and statements
    - the management and completion of the common bundle
    - how to produce effective trial folders including electronic case bundles
    - the use of consolidated pleadings analysis
    - compliance with civil and criminal procedural requirements.

This workshop is a must for all litigators and dispute resolution lawyers.

Learning objectives

By attending this workshop you will gain:

  • Better understanding of evidence management and case theory.
  • Practical insight into the preparation of trial documentation.


The presenters will use a range of techniques to discuss and encourage the practice of skills.
Please note the workshop is limited to 25 participants. Morning tea and a light snack are provided.

Who should attend

Civil and criminal litigators and dispute resolution practitioners at all levels.


  • DeAnne Brabant, Wellington
  • Chris Patterson, Barrister, Auckland


A book and a folder of practical materials will be sent to you when you have paid.


  • Auckland & Christchurch 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • Wellington 12.00pm - 5.00pm

Note: the workshop takes place on a Saturday.

Fee (incl GST)


  • $435 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $495 - Non-members

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Use the multiple registration button below or 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 Thursday 28 January 2021.  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 (PDF)

Download PDF brochure and registration form here.

Auckland Saturday 13 March
Christchurch Saturday 20 March
Wellington Saturday 27 March

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.
freephone (within NZ)
0800 333 111

[email protected]

04 472 7837

04 463 2986
Level 4, 17-21 Whitmore Street
Wellington 6011

DX SP 20202
PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand