Thu 01 September | 5:00PM - 7:15PM | Rydges Hotel (behind District Court)


If, how and when to go about core criminal procedures can be challenging - and these decisions can have serious implications for your client. This seminar will cover the ins and outs of four key procedures for those practising Criminal law: bail applications, discharges without conviction, sentencing indications and pleas/written submissions in mitigation - attend for assistance in achieving the best outcomes for your clients.

Learning Outcomes

  • Become updated on procedure for bail applications, including when to make an application and what to put before the court. 
  • Receive guidance on seeking discharges without conviction, including key case law in respect of relevant factors such as a defendant’s age and career. 
  • Gain a better understanding of practice around sentencing indications, including whether a sentencing indication should even be sought.
  • Gain insights into making more effective pleas/written submissions in mitigation, including key content to include and the structure most likely to assist the judge. 

Who should attend?

Criminal lawyers seeking an update/refresher on these key areas of practice.

In person registration only

Please note this page is only for registration to attend in person.

To register to attend via live stream click here.


Phil Hamlin

Michele Wilkinson-Smith

Michele Wilkinson-Smith was admitted in 1993 and was a Crown prosecutor between 1993 and 2005. Since 2005 she has practised as a barrister appearing as counsel in numerous homicide trials for the defence. Michele has appeared in all jurisdictions in New Zealand including in the Supreme Court. She is a PAL 4 legal aid lawyer and Senior Crown counsel on the prosecution panel in Palmerston North. 


His Honour Judge Earwaker