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Litigation Skills Programme 2018

Litigation Skills Programme 2018
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Become a juror for a day! 

A chance to see and take part in the NZ trial system – volunteer jurors needed for NZLS CLE Litigation Skills Mock Trials on Saturday 1 September from 8.30am to 5.10pm, lunch provided.

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Further information – email Jessica.Nicholson-Hyde@lawyerseducation.co.nz, or phone 0800 333 111

Now in its 33rd year, this week long residential programme running from 26 August - 1 September 2018 at Lincoln University provides in-depth hands-on training in the skills needed for successful courtroom advocacy.

It uses the tried and true National Institute for Trial Advocacy teaching method of performance and critiques by experienced faculty members.


  • Day 1 – Introduction, theory of the case and communication skills
  • Day 2 – Leading evidence, cross-examination and production of exhibits
  • Day 3 – Cross-examination and impeachment
  • Day 4 – Examination of expert witnesses
  • Day 5 – Mini trials and opening addresses
  • Day 6 – Closing arguments and pre-trial conferences
  • Day 7 – Full trials where you will be counsel in a jury trial in the District Court and be critiqued by a judge (until 5.10pm), followed by a dinner and presentation of certificates.

Learning objectives

  • You will develop your skills as an advocate by taking part in a variety of litigation exercises and activities.
  • You will further develop your advocacy skills through reflecting on your own performance, those of your colleagues and observing faculty demonstrations.

Who should attend

Designed for practitioners in their first five years of practice. Some litigation experience is required, and participants should have had at least two years’ such experience.

Note: Enrolments are restricted to 96 participants.

The faculty

  • Director: Daniel McLellan QC
  • Deputy Director: Belinda sellars
  • Team Leaders: His Hon Judge Harrop, His Hon Judge Harvey, The Hon Justice Heath, Her Hon Judge Mackintosh
  • Faculty: 70 senior practitioners
Christchurch 26 August - 1 September
Applications for 2018 have closed

Cancellation and refund policy

Withdrawal from the programme before the application closing date incurs no cost. After that date if the registrant is able to be replaced an administration fee of $400 is charged. If no replacement is found, no refund is payable. Note: Applications MUST reach NZLS CLE Ltd by 5.00pm on Wednesday 6 June 2018. You will be notified within two weeks of the closing date whether you have a place on the course.

freephone (within NZ)
0800 333 111


04 472 7837

04 463 2986
Law Society Building
26 Waring Taylor Street
Wellington 6011

DX SP 20202
PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand