2nd Annual Criminal Law Update (Live Stream)

Session ID: WEB183NZA07
Date: Friday, 16 March 2018
Time: 09:00am - 01:15pm
Venue: This live web seminar is being streamed from AUCKLAND

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Session Content

Date: Friday 16 March 2018
Time: 9.00am to 1.15pm
Live Stream

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In a line of work that is often demanding but also hugely rewarding, criminal lawyers and barristers are at the frontline of justice and fairness, giving a voice to the vulnerable and unheard. Chaired by the esteemed Mr Aaron Perkins QC, this program assembles an expert panel of speakers to keep you informed and up to date on the latest developments. Equip yourself to manage the unique issues that can arise in your criminal law practice.

Chair: Aaron Perkins QC, Regent Chambers

ss 83-101 Evidence Act 2006: Questioning of Witnesses (Duties and Limits)

  • Examination-in-chief
  • Cross-examination
  • Re-examination
  • Questions from the Court
  • Questions from the jury

Presented by Todd Simmonds, Barrister, Lorne Street Chambers

Audio Video Links (AVL) and the Courts (Remote Participation) Amendment Act 2016

  • The Act, including recent amendments
  • The AVL pilot project in Auckland for first appearances
  • Impact of AVL on defendants: the reality
  • Making applications for in-person or AVL appearances
  • Future possibilities

Presented by Emma Priest, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers

Current Issues in Sentencing

  • The use of cultural reports
  • Recklessness and drug offending
  • Registration on the Child Sex Offender Register
  • Three strikes and you're out?

Presented by Gareth Kayes, Director, Kayes Fletcher Walker

Case Law Update: Recent Appellate Decisions

  • A review of key cases from the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal decided in 2017/2018
  • Analysis of key issues and their implications

Presented by Susan Gray, Barrister and Nicholas Chisnall, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine key sections of the Evidence Act 2006
  • Gain an understanding of AVL pilot program and how it is working in practice
  • Analyse current issues in sentencing and their implications
  • Obtain a critical update on appellate decisions

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.

Todd Simmonds

Todd was admitted to the bar in 1990 and specialises in criminal litigation both against and for the Crown. He has extensive trial experience in the High and District Courts and has appeared many times as lead counsel in the Court of Appeal. Prior to becoming a barrister sole in 2004, Todd was a senior prosecutor with Meredith Connell, the office of the Auckland Crown Solicitor. He has been a member of the Auckland Crown Solicitor's panel since 2004 and was appointed to the Manukau Crown Solicitor's panel upon its inception in 2015. Todd was appointed to the Serious Fraud Office prosecution panel in 2010. Todd is a member of the Criminal Law Committees of both the New Zealand Law Society and the New Zealand Bar Association and is a past convenor of the Auckland District Law Society's Criminal Law Committee.

Emma Priest

Emma Priest is a specialist criminal barrister admitted to the Bar in 1999. She appears on all criminal matters, including inquests, parole hearings, appeals and proceeds of crime applications. Emma has more than 15 years experience in criminal law, having worked as both a Crown prosecutor and a defence lawyer. Emma represents clients facing charges from traffic to serious violence, dishonesty, sexual crimes and murder. Emma is able to take direct instructions privately and is an approved legal aid provider (Criminal PAL1-4, Court of Appeal/Supreme Court and civil legal aid for proceeds of crime). Full details of her expertise can be found on linkedin and her website www.emmapriest.co.nz

Gareth Kayes

Gareth is an experienced criminal lawyer focusing on serious crime in both the High Court and District Court. His appellate experience includes both criminal and judicial review appeals to the Court of Appeal as well as numerous appeals in the High Court. Gareth has particular expertise in extradition, having dealt regularly with requests to and from Australia as well as China, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Samoa and South Africa. He has appeared in the District and High Courts as well as the Court of Appeal in relation to extradition requests. Gareth has acted for a number of city and regional councils in relation to summary prosecutions and other enforcement action. He has prosecuted jury trials in relation to breaches of the Resource Management Act 1991. Gareth is on the Serious Fraud Office Prosecutors Panel as well as the SPCA Auckland pro bono prosecutors panel.

Susan Gray

Susan is a senior criminal barrister with 25 years' experience. She is able to appear on all criminal matters, CYFS care and protection cases and at inquests and parole hearings. Between 1990 and 2013, Susan worked as a prosecutor at the Auckland Crown Solicitors office. For the last 11 years she was a partner and regularly conducted serious criminal cases on behalf of the Crown. Since 2014 Susan has worked as a defence lawyer, undertaking a full range of criminal cases including appeals against sentence and conviction in the Court of Appeal. She is able to take direct instructions. Susan is an approved legal aid provider.

Nicholas Chisnall

Nick is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers. Before joining the bar, he was the Public Defence Service's General Counsel and oversaw the PDS's appeal practice. Before that, he was Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office, where he undertook appeals on behalf of the Solicitor-General. He has appeared many times on behalf of both defendants and the Crown in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Nick is an experienced jury trial advocate, both as a senior Crown prosecutor and defence lawyer and has defended and prosecuted all types of serious criminal cases.

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