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Evidence and Trial Preparation Workshop 2018

Evidence and Trial Preparation Workshop 2018
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Dispute resolution has never been as complex as it is today. Successful outcomes only happen with meticulous planning and skilful execution. Whether working in a civil or criminal context, collecting, organising and using evidence to best effect are the essential skills of every litigator and dispute resolution practitioner.

This practical workshop covers the core skills of evidence, proof and factual analysis (EPF), as well as approaches to investigations, the development of case theory and how to manage the paperwork associated with any case.

(Please note that while the law of evidence is touched upon, this workshop is not a presentation on the Evidence Act 2006.)

In this workshop you will:
  • Learn more about flexible methodologies for the management of evidence.
  • Develop a better understanding of reasoning and its use in the development of case theories.
  • Learn how to better identify the strengths and weaknesses of a case whether acting for the plaintiff, prosecution or the defendant.
  • Gain further practical insights into the preparation of trial documentation including:
    - The development of effective chronologies
    - The preparation of witness briefs and statements
    - The management and completion of the common bundle
    - How to produce effective trial folders including electronic case bundles
    - The use of consolidated pleadings analysis
    - Compliance with civil and criminal procedural requirements.

This workshop is a must for all litigators.

Learning objectives

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Have a better understanding of evidence management and case theory.
  • Gain practical insight into the preparation of trial documentation.


The presenter uses a range of techniques to discuss and encourage practise of skills. The workshop is limited to 25 participants and those attending should be prepared to take part actively by sharing their ideas and experiences. Morning tea is provided.

Who should attend

Civil and criminal litigators at all levels. Dispute resolution practitioners wanting to hone their approach to file preparation will also benefit.


A book and a folder of practical materials will be sent to participants before the workshop. While there is no prescribed preparation, familiarity with the materials will be an advantage on the day.


  • 9.15am - 12.30pm (Note: the workshop takes place on a Saturday morning).


  • Chris Patterson, Barrister, Auckland

Fee (incl GST)


  • $325 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $385 - Non-members

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Download PDF brochure and registration form here.

Auckland 1 September
Wellington 8 September
Christchurch 17 November
Dunedin 24 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.

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