Hard hat and nails

Worksafe Update Webinar (1.5 hrs CPD)

5:00pm Wednesday, 1 November 2017
6:30pm Wednesday, 1 November 2017
CPD Training
From Your Desk
151 Queen St
Auckland, Auckland 1010
New Zealand

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 was one of the most significant workplace health and safety reforms in 20 years. Presented by Her Honour, Jan-Marie Doogue, Chief District Court Judge, Sue Petricevic, and Fletcher Pilditch, and chaired by Nick Chisnall, this webinar updates you on key areas of the worksafe law.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Sources of complexity in Health & Safety trials and how to resolve them;

  • Admissions of facts;

  • How charges are particularised;

  • Disclosure of expert evidence;

  • Questions of causation - when and how to address them;

  • Enforceable undertakings;

  • Sentencing decisions;

  • Significant recent case law.

Her Honour, Judge Jan-Marie Doogue, was appointed the Chief District Court Judge of New Zealand in September 2011. She leads a bench of more than 170 judges in what is Australasia's biggest court. She has been a District Court Judge since 1994, firstly in the Family Court, extending to the criminal jurisdiction with a jury trial warrant in 2007. Previously she had been a barrister sole for nine years after practising law in Auckland since 1980. Originally from Christchurch, she gained her LLB from Auckland University, and acquired a Diploma in Mediation from Bond University, Queensland in 1994.

Since her appointment to the bench, Judge Doogue has pursued innovative approaches to judicial administration and courts reform, including the efficient and fair operation of the summary criminal courts.

Sue Petricevic is the Principal Legal Advisor, Litigation, at WorkSafe New Zealand, where she oversees prosecutions under the Act.  In addtion to having been a Crown Prosecutor, she was a forensic scientist with ESR and testified as an expert in some of New Zealand's better known trials, including the prosecution of Jules Mikus for the murder of Teresa Cormack 

Fletcher Pilditch is a barrister at Richmond Chambers. He is a former Crown Solicitor for Rotorua and has conducted many jury and judge alone trials, and appeals, including leading some of New Zealand’s most notorious criminal and regulatory cases. Fletcher conducts regulatory/criminal and public law litigation at all levels.  He has expertise in contentious enforcement proceedings in a wide range of criminal and regulatory contexts including workplace health and safety. He regularly assists and provides advice to clients who are subject to investigation by diverse Government agencies including the Serious Fraud Office, and the Commissioner of Police under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009.

Nicholas Chisnall (Nick) specialises in all aspects of criminal law, but has particular expertise in appellate work.  He has appeared many times in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as lead counsel - on behalf of both defendants and the Crown.  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.  Nick has expertise in regulatory prosecutions, including health and safety.  He is an approved legal aid provider.


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Ticket Prices (incl. GST):

  • Members -  $140 
  • Non-member -  $168
  • Junior member barristers (0-3 years PQE) -  $117.60. Please note that members and non-members who have 4 or more years PQE will be charged the full price. Please contact the NZBA if you have any questions.

Group Discounts: Please contact the NZBA for details of group pricing. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy: If a participant is unable to attend the webinar, 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 12pm Friday 27 October 2017. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after that time. The NZBA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule webinars if necessary.

Learning outcomes:

An understanding of:

  • Expert witnesses and conferencing;
  • Locking in the case theory;
  • Enforceable undertakings;
  • Sentencing decisions;
  • Significant recent case law.

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