High court at Auckland

Mastering Cross-Examination 2019

9:00am Saturday, 15 June 2019
5:00pm Saturday, 15 June 2019
CPD Training
High Court, Auckland
Cnr Waterloo Quadrant and Parliament St
Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
New Zealand

The New Zealand Bar Association's Mastering Cross-Examination workshop provides you with a top class training by the best in the profession on the art of Cross-Examination. This workshop was sold out in 2015 and 2016 when we last offered it. This is the course you should attend if you are serious about improving your skills.

The workshop uses a combination of theory, performance and critique to ensure that each attendee receives the maximum learning experience. Advocates will have an opportunity to view a range of skills and styles over the course of the workshop and will gain insight into what might work for them.  

Who should attend

The workshop is best suited to senior (8 years + Post Admission Experience) and intermediate practitioners (4-7 years PAE), but we do reserve a limited number of spaces for those with 0-3 years PAE. There are streams for both criminal and civil. Members of specialist bars are welcome and will be given coaching that reflects the specialist nature of their bar.

Registrations Open 25 March

Our Course Directors and Faculty

Our Course Directors are Chris Gudsell QC (Civil) and James Rapley QC (Criminal). They are assisted by a committee that includes Stephanie Grieve and Phil Shamy, both barristers from the South Island. Our Coaches are all senior counsel or near equivalent experience (senior juniors), together with retired and sitting Judges. 

Key features:

  • CPD credit is 10 - 15 hours;
  • Based on the highly successful programme developed by the Australian Bar Association and the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (an advance on the traditional NITA approach);
  • Participant to coach ratio is 2:1;
  • Highly experienced coaches from the top levels of the profession;
  • Civil and criminal streams available with different case scenarios for each;
  • Teaching is supportive, precise and there is a high degree of collegiality;
  • Theoretical underpinning is taught by on-demand webinars to allow participants to structure their own time;
  • The time at the workshop is spent on practical activities including one on one coaching and simulated cross-examination presentations;
  • Participants are placed in workgroups of four people and two coaches to ensure support and collegiality

Structure

During the workshop, participants will: 

  • Have coaching sessions with highly experienced coaches. The participant to coach ratio is 2:1; 
  • Undertake simulated cross-examination sessions; 
  • Be critiqued by the judge; 
  • Be critiqued by their coaches and be given an individualised summary of performance and areas to consider;  
  • Replay their cross, addressing the points made in the morning session;
  • Observe a demonstration of skills and techniques by senior counsel.

Learning outcomes

  • An understanding of the purpose and scope of cross-examination; 
  • Knowledge of the applicable rules of evidence; 
  • Knowledge of applicable professional conduct standards; 
  • A grasp of the methods for accrediting and discrediting witnesses;
  • The ability to ensure that the cross-examination is consistent with the theory of the case;
  • The ability to frame questions and to structure the cross-examination effectively; 
  • Techniques for controlling witnesses; 
  • The ability to avoid confrontation or aggression; 
  • An understanding of how to adapt the questioning to suit particular types of witnesses; 
  • Awareness of how to cross-examine from documents; 
  • The ability to manage unhelpful answers. 

Contact Information

For enquiries about this workshop, please email our Events Co-Ordinator, Lisa Mills.

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Additional Information

Ticket Prices (including GST):

  • Members - $780.00.
  • Non-member -  $975.00 
  • Junior barristers (0-5 years) -  Please contact the NZBA to discuss options for attendance. Only four places available.

Group Discounts:

There is no group pricing.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: 

If a participant is unable to attend the workshop, the participant can nominate a substitute to attend at no additional cost. If a substitute cannot be found, a refund less a service fee of $50.00 will apply to all cancellations (received in writing) before midday Friday 8 June 2019. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after that time. The NZBA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule workshops if necessary.

Learning outcomes

  • An understanding of the purpose and scope of cross-examination; 
  • Knowledge of the applicable rules of evidence; 
  • Knowledge of applicable professional conduct standards; 
  • A grasp of the methods for accrediting and discrediting witnesses; 
  • The ability to ensure that the cross-examination is consistent with the theory of the case;  
  • The ability to frame questions and to structure the cross-examination effectively; 
  • Techniques for controlling witnesses; 
  • The ability to avoid confrontation or aggression; 
  • An understanding of how to adapt the questioning to suit particular types of witnesses; 
  • Awareness of how to cross-examine from documents; 
  • The ability to manage unhelpful answers. 

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