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Sexual Violence Cases - best practice advocacy

Sexual Violence Cases - best practice advocacy
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The Sexual Violence Pilot Courts commenced in the Whangarei and Auckland District Courts on 1 December 2016 and are ongoing. The Pilot Courts cover all category 3 sexual violence cases to be heard by a jury. Implementing best practice case management and specialised education for judges, the trial aims to reduce trauma and improve the court experience “by reducing delay and uncertainty for all those involved, especially children and vulnerable witnesses” (Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue). Many District Court Judges (both in and outside of the Pilot) have now received special training in the unique dynamics of sexual violence cases, the use of communication assistance and alternative ways of giving evidence under ss 102-107 Evidence Act, as well as techniques for reducing trial delay. Now, to ensure they are able to work effectively with vulnerable witnesses within the changing court approach, litigation practitioners also need to undertake specialist training.

This workshop will provide active practice in the fundamental changes to cross-examination techniques that will now be implemented as the Pilot Courts' practices are rolled out.

The programme focuses on:

  • Expert explanations of and training in the cross-examination questioning techniques now required for sexual violence cases.
  • Discussion and critique of realistic transcripts to identify communication problems and solutions.
  • Realistic practice, alongside your peers, with the support of expert lawyers and communication assistants.

Learning objectives

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of coming changes in court practice in sexual violence cases.
  • Improve your cross-examination technique for sexual violence cases.


This interactive workshop includes short presentations from communication experts, active learning with peer-to-peer practice, and feedback from workshop leaders. There will also be a panel and question time to consolidate your understanding and learning. Participants who complete the pre-reading provided will be at an advantage on the day.

Please note:

  • This full day workshop is on a Saturday.
  • Places are limited so register early to avoid disappointment.

Who should attend

Intermediate and senior litigators in criminal cases. The workshop is designed for practising litigators who have experience in court and want to ensure they are competent in the new requirements for questioning witnesses in sexual violence cases.


Participants will receive a folder of pre-reading before the workshop, covering research, guidance, and case law on questioning vulnerable witnesses in sexual violence cases.


  • Registration from 8.30am
  • Start 9.00am
  • Finish 5.00pm

Workshop leaders

  • Jonathan Temm - Phoenix Chambers, Rotorua
  • Marie Dyhrberg QC - Auckland
  • Dr Emily Henderson - Henderson Reeves, Whangarei

Presenters & facilitators

The workshop will include the participation of a range of experienced lawyers, psychologists and communication assistants, who will give short presentations and be part of the afternoon panel, as well as being available to attendees throughout the day to discuss the learning, and support the questioning practice.

Fee (incl GST)


  • $495 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $545 - Non-members
Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
Download PDF brochure and registration form here.
Auckland Saturday 13 October

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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