Evidence Law Update for Civil and Criminal Lawyers

Whether you are a civil or criminal law practitioner, it is important to keep up-to-date on developments in the law of evidence. Presented by evidence law lecturers and two of the co-authors of Mahoney on Evidence: Act & Analysis (Thomson Reuters, 2018), our annual evidence law update returns in December.  

The 2-hour session will focus on the current application of key sections of the Evidence Act 2006 in both the civil and criminal law jurisdictions. It will cover recent developments in evidence law of interest to all practitioners. Topics covered will vary at the discretion of the presenters, but can include: 

(a) expert opinion evidence; 
(b) claims of privilege/ confidentiality;
(c) previous consistent statements;
(d) hearsay/ business records;
(e) defendant’s statements and improperly obtained evidence;
(f) eligibility and compellability of witnesses;
(g) relevance/ unfair prejudice/ propensity evidence;
(h) modes of presenting evidence/ communication assistance;
(i) presenting further evidence after closing a case. 

For this session, attendees will receive detailed PowerPoint slides. 

Who should attend?

All civil and criminal law practitioners who appear in court. 

  • Update your knowledge of key provisions of the Evidence Act 2006 and recent evidence case law from the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. 
  • Learn about recent and potential legislative changes to the Evidence Act 2006. 
  • Gain practical and useful insights into the application of evidence law in civil and criminal proceedings. 


Scott Optican
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Associate Professor Scott Optican teaches evidence, criminal procedure and criminal justice at the University of Auckland Faculty of Law. He has published extensively in those fields and served on the New Zealand Law Commission's expert panel for the second review of the Evidence Act 2006.

Scott is also a co-author of Elisabeth McDonald and Scott Optican (gen eds) Mahoney on Evidence: Act & Analysis (Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2018) and a contributing editor in evidence for the New Zealand Law Review.

Jack Oliver-Hood
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Jack Oliver-Hood is a barrister practising in commercial and criminal litigation, with a specialisation in intellectual property. His prior experience includes clerking for the Hon Chief Justice Winkelmann and the Hon Justice Cooper, and junioring for Andrew Brown QC of Bankside Chambers. Jack holds law degrees from the University of Auckland and Columbia University. He previously taught the law of evidence at the University of Auckland in 2017 and 2018, is an author of Mahoney on Evidence, and has published articles on the subject in the New Zealand Law Review and New Zealand Law Journal. With the support of the New Zealand Law Foundation, Jack is also currently researching the use of scientific evidence in trials in Aotearoa New Zealand.



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Ticket Price

Member: $190.00 GST

Non-Member: $270.00 GST


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