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Things change. The last 12 months have seen the introduction of a raft of legislative changes to the way that civil litigation is conducted in the High Court, and there is more to come. This seminar will give an overview of these changes as well as reviewing recent changes to the High Court Rules and case law that has an impact on the conduct of High Court civil litigation.

This seminar will include:

  • An overview of the changes brought about by recent legislation including:
    • Senior Courts Act 2016
    • Interest on Money Claims Act 2016
    • Judicial Review Procedure Act 2016
    • other miscellaneous legislative amendments
  • A summary look at the Electronic Courts and Tribunals Act 2016, the Senior Courts Electronic Documents Protocol, Paperless Hearings and how technology is influencing and will continue to influence High Court litigation
  • A review of recent case law touching on the conduct of High Court civil litigation.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will gain:

  • Greater understanding of the recent legislative changes and how they impact on the filing and conduct of High Court civil proceedings.
  • Tools to prepare you for the onset of electronic casebooks and other technology developments.

Who should attend

Those who conduct or aspire to conduct at all levels High Court civil proceedings.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the PowerPoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm (tea and coffee available on arrival)

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $115 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $165 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
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Christchurch 31 July
Live Web Stream 31 July


FORBES Austin WEB EDIT Austin Forbes QC
Clarendon Chambers, Christchurch

Austin practises and has a wide experience in all areas of commercial and general civil litigation. He has appeared as counsel in numerous cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and, as well, in the Privy Council and Supreme Court. Austin is a former President of the New Zealand Law Society, the Canterbury District Law Society and chairman of the New Zealand Legal Association (Inc). He went to the Bar in 1990, was appointed a QC in 1996, and awarded a CNZM in 1997. Austin is currently the chair of the NZLS Rule of Law Committee. In his spare time, Austin enjoys reading the High Court Rules.

Kelly Paterson (2018) WEB EDIT-169 Kelly Paterson
Partner, Buddle Findlay, Christchurch

Kelly specialises in commercial litigation. She advises on a wide range of commercial litigation issues, including contract disputes, insolvency and credit recovery, local government issues, property law disputes and security enforcement.Kelly has appeared in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as Tribunal and Arbitration hearings. She has successfully argued proceedings for recovery of land, an application for an urgent interim injunction, strike-out applications, defended liquidation proceedings and appeared in various High Court and District Court trials and interlocutory hearings.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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