Common Criminal Procedures: Improving Your Practice (On Demand)

Recorded Seminar 2 CPD Hrs
You desk or your portable device


If, how and when to go about core criminal procedures can be challenging - and these decisions can have serious implications for your client. This On Demand seminar covers 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 view?

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


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