Preparation of witnesses – The backbone of your case (CPD 1.5 hr)

5:00pm Wednesday, 24 August 2022
6:30pm Wednesday, 24 August 2022
CPD Training
at your desk or computer Auckland
Auckland, AUCKLAND 1140
New Zealand

In every case involving the evidence of witnesses, whether in affidavit form or viva voce, the quality of the evidence from these witnesses will determine the success or otherwise of your case.  Relevant, clear and focused evidence will impress the tribunal of fact and be a springboard for any legal submissions which follow.

In this webinar you will receive advice as to the preparation of witnesses to give evidence in all jurisdictions.  You will learn the dos and don’ts of preparing witnesses from different cultural / linguistic backgrounds. The result of the webinar will be to give you the knowledge so that when the day of hearing arrives your witnesses are able to give the best possible evidence to assist your case.

Join our panel of Simon Shamy, Iswari Jayanandan and Yvonne Mortimer-Wang as they take you through the best way to prepare witnesses.

Our presenters:


Simon Shamy 

Simon has represented clients in major cases before all the New Zealand Courts over three decades in relation to Criminal law, Commercial and Family law related matters.  He has successfully defended the accused in a large number of serious trials, including those involving charges of murder, serious violence, sexual, fraud and drug related offending. In addition, Simon appears regularly before the Appellate Courts. Examples of his appearances at Supreme Court level are R v Stewart [2009] NZSC 53, R v Hart [2010] NZSC 91 and B v B [2012] NZSC 71.



Iswari (Ish) Jayanandan

Ish was born in Sri Lanka but moved to New Zealand as a child. She has been a barrister sole since 2010 and she practises in South Auckland. Her trial work is varied in nature and includes single/ multiple defendant homicides, multi-accused Police operations (be it serious drugs, aggravated robberies, or serious violence), sexual offending, assaults of varying degrees, fraud matters and cases that are governed by the Criminal Procedure Mental Impaired Persons Act. Ish is a Legal Aid PAL 4 provider and is on the Duty Lawyer, PDLA and Amicus Panel for Manukau District Court.

Iswari is on the Bar Council of the NZBA. She is also a member of  ADLS, AWLA, South Auckland Bar Association (SABA), IBA and CLA. Ish co-chairs both the NZBA Criminal Committee and its Diversity and Inclusion Committee.



Yvonne Mortimer-Wang

Since her admission in 2013, Yvonne has practiced as an employed barrister, barrister (sole) and as a solicitor and Crown prosecutor at Meredith Connell.  Yvonne returned to the independent bar in 2020, practicing as a barrister from Shortland Chambers.  She now acts in a range of criminal and civil proceedings with a particular interest in fraud, regulatory prosecutions, proceeds of crime and disciplinary proceedings.  

This webinar is free to members of the NZBA.   Register using your NZBA email login to get the member price of $0.

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4 attendees - $250.00 
5-9 attendees - $350.00
10-15 attendees - $450.00
16-30 attendees - $600.00
31-50 attendees - $800.00
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