Traffic and Driving Offences (Live Stream)

Session ID: WEB183NZA08
Date: Friday, 16 March 2018
Time: 02:00pm - 05:15pm
Venue: This live web seminar is being streamed from AUCKLAND

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Session Content

Date: Friday 16 March 2018
Time: 2.00pm to 5.15pm
Live Stream

Attend and earn 3 CPD hours

Driving offence matters are the bread and butter of many practices. Understanding the practical intricacies of defending these cases can spare your client from hefty fines, loss of license or time behind bars. This half day program is a worthwhile investment in developing your knowledge and practise skills. Hear from seasoned practitioners working at the coalface who will break down the latest legislative reforms, develop your skills in case preparation and Applications and examine recent trends in searches, breath and blood tests and more.

Chair: Steve Cullen, Lawyer and Barrister

Traffic Law: Initial Instructions, Case Preparation and Applications

  • How to prepare a case for plea and sentencing, matters to be considered for 3rd or subsequent offenders
  • Applications under the Land Transport Act 1998 and the Sentencing Act 2002
  • Driver Licensing Applications
  • NZTA test relating to the suitability to hold a licence
  • The fit and proper person test

Presented by Karen Harding, Principal, Karen Harding Law, Barristers & Solicitors

NEW LEGISLATION: Searches of Vehicles and Changes to the Land Transport Act 1998 Coming into Force in 2018

  • Amendments to the principal Act will come into force next year which will significantly affect outcomes for defendants
  • Can the police search a vehicle?

Presented by Tony Beach, Barrister, Durham Street Chambers

Breath Tests vs Blood Sample Analysis
Join Dr Sandiford as she explores the conflicts between results of breath and blood analysis and considers the question: Which trumps the other?

Presented by Dr Anna Sandiford, Director & Expert Witness, The Forensic Group

Learning objectives:

  • Receive a timely update on case preparation and Applications in traffic matters
  • Stay updated on the changes to the Transport Act 1998 due in 2018
  • Gain a deeper understanding of breath and blood sample analysis

Chair: Steven Cullen

Steve Cullen has been practising in the fields of Criminal and Traffic law for the past 30 years. He has served as a member of various Auckland District Law Society subcommittees, has been a past committee member of the Criminal Bar Association and has presented webinars in relation to Drink Drive legislation and Limited Licence Applications on behalf of the Auckland District Law Society. Steve is regularly contacted by national media for comment and input on matters of Criminal and Traffic law. He has appeared on both radio and television and is a regular guest commentator on National Radio.

Karen Harding

Karen Harding is a Barrister and Solicitor who specialises as a criminal lawyer. Her clients are people who have been, or will be, charged with an offence against some law or statute. Karen commenced practicing in 1997 and has represented thousands of clients on charges ranging from speeding to very serious offences. While she is widely known for representing those on driving and criminal charges, she also represents people charged under many other acts and legislation including the Arms, Fisheries, Maritime Safety and Companies' Acts as well as Resource Management issues. Basically if you have to go to court for any reason, Karen can help you. Karen appears daily in the courts in the Auckland region which has given her a thorough understanding and practical experience of how the system works in practice. This allows her to achieve the best possible results for clients. Before setting up her law practice Karen spent three years in the hard world of direct sales to the public in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. This experience has given her a deeper view of life's realities than the average lawyer. That experience is reflected in the way she works with her clients and the efforts she makes on their behalf. As well as hands on experience Karen has a high degree of technical excellence and undergoes continuing research on legal trends and academic qualifications

Tony Beach

Auckland barrister Tony Beach represents both legally aided clients as well as private clients. He is also a duty lawyer at North Shore District Court. His criminal cases have included: Property offences: These include, for example, burglary, theft, receiving or obtaining by deception charges. Violence offences: For example, male assaults female or common assault, possession of offensive weapons. Drugs charges: Possession of drugs or utensils, such as a pipe, under the Misuse of Drugs Act. See Tony Beach's website:

Anna Sandiford

The Forensic Group was established in 2008 by Dr Anna Sandiford, a Senior Forensic Science Consultant with many years' experience in New Zealand and overseas who started her forensic science career in 1998. Her expert witness history includes expertise in alcohol toxicology (particularly alcohol calculations), drug driving, drugs, footwear, glass, physical fits and pollen. Since starting the company, Dr Sandiford has developed expertise in managing large and complex cases, having been involved in multiple high-profile cases including the 2009 Bain retrial, the 2015 Lundy retrial, the 2015 Privy Council decision of an unsafe conviction of Teina Pora for the murder of Susan Burdett, and many others. She has been referred to as 'the expert on experts' and is author of Forensic Science and the Law: a guide for police, lawyers and expert witnesses (Thomson Reuters, 2013) and the general interest book Expert Witness (HarperCollins, 2011). Dr Sandiford has extensive national and international networks from which to locate experts from across a broad range of expertise including rare and unusual skill sets. She has worked extensively with Legal Aid and the NZ Law Commission on issues relating to expert witnesses and forensic standards

Venue Details

Stamford Plaza Auckland

Ground Floor, 22 - 26 Albert St
Auckland 1010

Ph: 64 9 309 888


The Stamford Plaza Auckland is a short 5 minute walk from the main

train/bus station Britomart. There is onsite valet parking, charged at a rate

of NZ$45 per car. Alternatively there are numerous public car parks in the

area including Challenge House, 1/3 Wolfe Street.

Parking is not included in the registrartion fee and price is subject to


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"Very interesting and extremely well presented; speakers knew the area very well"

Delagte - Criminal Law Update, Auckland, March 2017






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