PAST PAPER: Criminal Law Update
Date: March 2017
Sentencing and Parole: Areas of Conflict
Presented by Marie Dyhrberg QC
Presented by Katie Hogan, Crown Prosecutor, Kayes Fletcher Walker
Oral Evidence Orders for Defence Lawyers
Presented by David Dickinson, Barrister, Sentinel Chambers
Criminal Case Law Update
Presented by Honor Ford, Barrister, Shortland Chambers
Chair: Aaron Perkins QC
Aaron Perkins QC - Aaron Perkins graduated from the University of Auckland in 1980. He worked for two Auckland law firms before joining the Independent bar in 1982. He specialised in criminal defence work from 1982 to 1986. In 1986 he joined the Auckland Crown Solicitor's office becoming a partner in 1993. He returned to the independent bar in 2014. From 1986, he has specialised in homicide trials. He was called to the inner bar in 2016.
Marie Dyhrberg QC
Marie Dyhrberg is a leading Barrister specialising in Criminal Law. She appears regularly at the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal in New Zealand. Her strong reputation derives not only from high-profile cases, but also from the defence of those who may have made mistakes. Marie relates well to people from all walks of life and is a highly skilled all- round communicator. She is passionate about helping young people, whose talents she often sees going untapped for want of a decent education, a good home and a measure of encouragement. They do not always realise that a seemingly minor event or charge will affect them forever if it remains in their record. Marie is able to fairly represent both advantaged and disadvantaged young people and their families in a judicial environment that can be intimidating for them. Marie is the immediate past Chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), the world's largest organisation of Law Societies, Bar Associations and individual lawyers. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. Marie is the first woman to take on the role of Chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the IBA. In this role she has the opportunity to be involved in key legal international issues and to bring them to the NZ table.
After graduating with a BA, LLB (Hons) from the University of Otago in 2000, Katie worked at Russell McVeagh in Auckland as a civil litigator for three years before travelling and working overseas. After her return to New Zealand, and following a short contract with LeeSalmonLong, Katie joined Meredith Connell in January 2006. There she undertook jury trial work, achieving senior classification in 2009 and becoming an associate of the firm in 2012. In addition to her trial caseload, Katie gained significant experience with departmental prosecutions, Parole Board work, judicial reviews, extradition cases and appellate work. In 2015 Katie and her young family moved to Samoa where Katie was employed as a legal consultant to the Samoan Attorney-General, advising on an array of criminal matters including the Samoan criminal proceeds regime. In late 2015 Katie commenced work as a senior prosecutor at the newly formed office of the Manukau Crown Solicitor, Kayes Fletcher Walker. Katie has particular expertise in asset recovery under the criminal proceeds regime. She has brought and conducted numerous asset and profit forfeiture applications on behalf of the Solicitor-General (until 2009) and the Commissioner of Police (since then). These have included conducting opposed hearings in the High Court, undertaking appellate work in the Court of Appeal, and negotiating significant settlements.
David Dickinson is a barrister and practices in Auckland, primarily as a criminal defence lawyer. After graduating in law from Auckland University in 2006, David clerked for a year at Shortland Chambers. He then worked for more than two years as a Judges' Clerk at the Employment Court in Auckland. David subsequently worked in Auckland at the Public Defence Service and at the specialist employment law firm, SBM Legal. In 2013, David moved to the independent bar joining Sentinel Chambers.
Honor Ford acts in both criminal and civil cases, with a particular focus on serious fraud. Honor has worked in prosecution in Wellington as a Crown Prosecutor and in New York as a Consultant to the New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney's Office. In Wellington, Honor regularly appeared in the District Court and High Court as both sole and junior counsel, and also advised on maritime, tax, health and safety and health law matters. In New York, she worked on New York County's largest ever fraud case in terms of number of defendants. Honor has a special interest in public international law and human rights law. Prior to joining Chambers she worked as a defence lawyer at the International Criminal Court (The Prosecutor v William Samoei Ruto and Johsua arap Sang - 'Kenya 1' case). The charges against her client were dismissed in April 2016. She has also completed pro-bono work for the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, International Committee of the Red Cross and Vice-Chair of the United Nations Committee Against Torture. Honor has a first class honours degree in law from the University of Otago and received a number of class rankings. At Columbia University, she was the W. Bayard Cutting Jr Fellow for International Law, a James Kent Scholar (A - A+ average) and was the recipient of a William Georgetti Scholarship from New Zealand.
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