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Introduction to Civil Litigation Skills 2018

Introduction to Civil Litigation Skills 2018
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Surveys of recently admitted practitioners repeatedly identify civil litigation as the area in which most practitioners in their first three years of practice want formal training. This programme responds to this need and complements both the skills-based pre-admission courses and the annual NZLS CLE Litigation Skills Programme.

As a recently admitted practitioner, you should not miss this unique opportunity to develop practical skills in civil litigation and ensure you will be able to face a court case with confidence.

In this intensive, small-group workshop you will:
  • Learn how to handle a single file from beginning to end
  • Identify and understand the various steps in the process
  • Develop the practical skills you need to handle this, and a range of other litigation files, competently and confidently
  • Learn how to draft pleadings, evidence and submissions
  • Become aware of the ethical issues involved
  • Learn how to present an argument in court and improve your advocacy skills.

Learning objectives

You will understand how to prepare for and conduct a civil trial. You will know how to organise case materials, prepare for the different stages, and how to recognise and evaluate the various options available.


Two local presenters at each centre will use a range of teaching techniques, including lectures, discussions and preparing the documentation individually and in groups. Participants will present an oral submission on day two.


Participants will be sent a set of materials in advance.


  • Day 1: 8.30am – 5.30pm
  • Day 2: 9.15am – 4.15pm


  • Ak: Roderick Joyce QSO QC, Sandra Grant
  • Wn: Nikki Pender, Paul Radich QC
  • Chch: Pru Steven QC, James Wilding

Fee (incl GST)

Entry Level Programme

  • $720 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $780 - Non-members

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here

Financial assistance

Limited financial assistance may be available through the Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust.  Applications for assistance must be received by:
  • Auckland - 5pm Monday 23 April
  • Wellington & Christchurch - 5pm Monday 10 September
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 (123KB).

View full brochure and registration details here
Auckland 21 - 22 May
Wellington 15 - 16 October
Christchurch 26 - 27 November

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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