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Introduction to Family Law Advocacy and Practice 2018

Introduction to Family Law Advocacy and Practice 2018
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“Connect the Pieces” – how to run a domestic violence/interim parenting case from go to whoa.

This is just the sort of case you are likely to handle now. In following through the case you will learn how to master the core tasks, methods, strategies and documentary and non-documentary procedures you need to know if you are to represent your client in a competent and professional manner.

Put the jigsaw together and get the total picture. Through precedents, videos, a book of materials, and performance critique, this course, recommended by the Legal Services Agency, is sound, participatory and proven.

You will:
  • Learn how to gather the facts of the case in a competent and professional manner
  • Understand what material to include in various court documents and why
  • Learn how to create effective affidavits
  • Develop successful strategies for dealing with more experienced lawyers – in person and in writing
  • Practise presenting effective arguments in court
  • Learn how to put in place survival strategies when things go wrong.

Learning objectives

You will learn the core tasks, strategies and procedures you need to know to run a domestic violence/interim parenting case.


This highly rated “hands-on” two-day workshop caters for the family law practitioner with fewer than three years’ experience. It uses sophisticated materials and modern educational methods to ensure maximum development for each participant.

Note: Limited to 32 participants at each centre.

The programme is focused on skills development, knowledge and know-how. A range of teaching techniques will be used, including small group discussion, plenary sessions, mini-lectures, role plays, mock courts and individual exercises. A series of specially scripted videos has been developed for the programme, both to stimulate discussion and to demonstrate some of the right and wrong ways of doing things.

Who should attend

Family law practitioners with up to three years’ experience.


Participants will be sent a case file and background reading in advance to prepare the case for the workshop. Model documents will be distributed as appropriate.


  • Day 1: 9.00am – 5.00pm – with a social hour from 5.00pm
  • Day 2: 8.30am – 5.00pm


  • John Adams, Writer/Teacher, Auckland
  • Usha Patel, Barrister, Auckland
  • Additional senior practitioners will assist with the mock court sessions.

Fee (incl GST)


  • $725 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $785 - Non-members

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available through the Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust. Applications for assistance must be received by 5pm on 15 October 2018  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).

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

Wellington 19 - 20 November
Auckland 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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