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Lawyer for Child 2021

Lawyer for Child 2021
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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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the current role of lawyer for child and changes to the nature of that role as a result of legislative changes.
  • Examine their own values and beliefs in a more informed manner and understand how these might affect the way they carry out the role.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the skills required to communicate with children and the ability to put them into practice.
  • Show some understanding of child development issues in planning and evaluating their interventions.
  • Identify strategies for addressing the potential for conflicts of interest when the views of a child do not necessarily correspond with what the lawyer considers may be in their best interests.

Learning objectives

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.

Who should attend

Lawyers who are considering seeking listing as lawyer for child. Participants should have a minimum of four years’ experience in the Family Court.


  • Wendy Kelly, Psychologist, Wellington
  • Lisa Samusamuvodre, Matariki Chambers, Manukau
  • April Trenberth, Clinical Psychologist, Auckland
  • Jason Wren, Barrister, Christchurch


Course materials will be distributed at the workshop.


  • Day 1: 9.00am – 5.00pm & course dinner 6.30pm
  • Day 2: 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Day 3: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Fee (incl GST)


  • $1,545 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $1,645 - 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 Wednesday 17 February 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.

Wellington 22 - 24 March

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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0800 333 111

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04 472 7837

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Level 4, 17-21 Whitmore Street
Wellington 6011

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PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand