Criminal Disclosure - How to get it right (CPD 1.5 hr)

5:00pm Thursday, 23 May 2024
6:30pm Thursday, 23 May 2024
CPD Training
At your desk
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New Zealand

Disclosure is an integral part of any investigation and prosecution. It ensures a fair and transparent process and is a vital safeguard against miscarriages of justice. 

Disclosure and the failure to disclose material at all or promptly, places undue pressure on counsel.  Late disclosure or failing to disclose relevant material causes delays or trials to be aborted and, in some cases, innocent defendants to be convicted.  The disclosure component of a criminal case therefore raises huge challenges where much is at stake.  This webinar will deal with those challenges and how to ensure you prepare for them.

Join our chair James Rapley KC and our panelists Robin McCoubrey, Phil Shamy and Christopher Stevenson as they discuss such an important topic and the best ways to navigate this aspect of your trial.

Topics covered include:

  • The Disclosure Working Group findings, the 2023 Practice Note Criminal Disclosure in High Court Trials (HCPN 2023/1) and its checklist.

  • How the Crown has responded to the Working Group findings and the Practice Note.

  • What Defence counsel needs to do considering the Working Group findings and the Practice Note.

  • Remedies available when things go wrong.

Our Presenters


James Rapley KC (Chair)
Bridgeside Chambers Christchurch

James is a barrister and part-time law lecturer at University of Canterbury Law School and has taught at USP Law School. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2018.  James has conducted hundreds of criminal jury trials and appeared in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as appellate counsel.  He has appeared as counsel in multiple Royal Commissions of Enquiry, Coronial hearings, and Regulatory prosecutions. 

James was a member of the NZLS Lawyers Standards Committee, the Deputy Director and Director of NZLS CLE Litigation Skills Programme and is on the faculty for Advanced Litigation Skills.  He was a Council member of the NZBA, its advocacy training co-chair and has taught advocacy throughout New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific. In 2013 he co-authored the legal text, Advocacy.  James is a member of the Legal Services Advisory Board, on the RIB Racing Appeals Tribunal panel, the Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (Criminal Case Review Commission) External Specialist Advisory Panel and the Christchurch Prosecution Panel.


Robin McCoubrey 
Partner, Meredith Connell 

Robin is a partner at Meredith Connell.  Robin's experience includes prosecuting trials of the utmost seriousness, including high-profile cases of homicide, profit-driven organised criminal offending and serious sexual offending. He has appeared in over 100 jury trials before the District and High Courts.

He also regularly appears for the Crown in the Court of Appeal and, in one instance, the Supreme Court.

He also has considerable experience acting in proceeds of crime litigation, as well as advising and appearing for a number of regulatory bodies.     


Phil Shamy
Barrister, Bridgeside Chambers, Christchurch

Phil Shamy was admitted in 1985 and worked in a number of commercial firms conducting civil litigation until joining the Crown Solicitors in Christchurch.  He was a partner there for over 20 years during which time he conducted numerous trials on behalf of the Crown before joining the independent bar in 2014.  Since then Phil has conducted litigation on behalf of numerous clients with a focus on criminal jury trials and appellate work at all levels. 


Christopher Stevenson
Barrister, Pipitea Chambers, Wellington

Christopher Stevenson is a senior defence barrister with 25 years experience. He has been lead counsel in many significant cases, including the "Urewera Four” trial, multiple major homicide trials and most recently R v Lyttle (involving a "Mr Big" sting) and the historic 1987 Red Fox Tavern robbery and murder trial.

Christopher has also led many successful appeals involving matters of significant public importance in both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. 

He is a founder of the New Zealand Defence Lawyers Association, and has presented widely on topics from conducting appeals to propensity and youth facing trial.

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