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Criminal Law Symposium 2018

Criminal Law Symposium 2018
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From the Chair

This will be the 10th edition of the Criminal Law Symposium. Its aim remains the same – to address core areas of the trial and sentencing process, and in doing so, provide quality analysis of developments and trends. We are again assisted by an outstanding group of presenters. The presentations will assume a core level of understanding of the topics, but will be informative and of value to everyone working in the criminal law area.

The programme speaks for itself. I comment briefly on the second session. The Supreme Court decision in R v Cameron is an important discussion of core principles, and is having a significant impact in the area of drug prosecutions. In identifying it for analysis and discussion, the planning group saw the opportunity also to use it as a launching pad to look at other issues that regularly emerge with multi-defendant trials. The relevance of these topics is not limited, however, to those conducting such trials but will be of more general assistance.

If you have previously attended this symposium I am hopeful you will be signing up again as our aim is to maintain and improve on the high standards we set ourselves. If you have not previously attended, and work in the criminal law area, I suggest you give it a go. It is, amongst other things, an opportunity to catch up with other practitioners, something that remains an important component of being a member of the legal profession.

Chair: The Honourable Justice Simon France

Programme outline

Download the symposium brochure for a full outline of each session
  • Evidence Act Update 
  • Drug Operations - Criminal Liability & Common Trial Issues
    Cameron and its Consequences – Recklessness in Drug Offending (and Beyond)
    - Common Issues in Large Multi-Defendant Trials
  • Developments in Sentencing
    - Section 27 Reports
    - Recent Developments in Sentencing
  • Hot Topics in Criminal Procedure
    - Amicus Curiae
    - Communication Assistance
    - Modes of Evidence in a Digital World
Followed by dinner and drinks - see below

Learning objectives 

In this intensive you will:

  • Gain up to date analysis and interpretation of recent developments in criminal law.
  • Increase your knowledge of current best practice in criminal advocacy.

Who should attend 

  • All lawyers interested in current criminal law and developments.
  • All those practising in the criminal courts.

Symposium Dinner

Dinner will take place at Te Marae Rongomaraeroa at Te Papa. $145 per person; includes three course meal and drinks. Guest Speaker: The Right Honourable Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias. Guests are welcome, please indicate on registration form.

Live Web Stream

This intensive is available via live web stream, direct to your computer. Click here to find out more about web streaming.
Please note: Live Web Stream registrations close 3pm 25 October.


Please indicate your selection upon registration:
  • Hard Copy - Your book will be given to you when you register on the day* - no extra charge 
  • PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event - no extra charge 
  • Both Hard Copy & PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event, and you can collect the hard copy book when you register on the day*  - additional $30 charge

*Live web stream attendees - if you select hard copy or both - your book will be couriered to you.


  • 9.00am - Sessions begin
  • 5.30pm - Sessions end

Fee (incl GST)


Earlybird - by 28 September 2018
  • $695 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • ​$755 - Non-members

Registration after 28 September 2018

  • $745 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $805 - Non-members

Live Web Stream

Earlybird - by 28 September 2018
  • $675

Registration after 28 September 2018

  • $725

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
Download PDF brochure & registration form here.

Wellington 26 October
Live Web Stream 26 October
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

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 to another person until five working days before the presentation. Please advise NZLS CLE Ltd in writing of the change.
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