Criminal & Family Law Interface: Two Worlds Collide (On Demand)

Recorded Seminar 2 CPD Hrs
Your desk or your portable device


When Criminal proceedings involve a Family law matter or vice versa, what might seem to be two parallel worlds converge and sometimes collide. Common scenarios, such as an alleged assault on a family member, can raise numerous issues for those involved, at a time when both tensions and stakes (such as freedom of the person and preservation of family relationships) may be high. This On Demand forum aims to address a perceived need for cross-fertilisation of information between Criminal and Family lawyers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a greater awareness of the overarching features of the Criminal and Family law interface.
  • Get to grips with the respective processes in each Court (including in respect of the standard of proof, evidentiary issues and approaches, crossover rules, and resolution timeframes) and the resulting outcomes/implications for the persons involved.
  • Gain insights into how to strategise when acting for a client in either context, including liaising with other counsel where the client is separately represented in the other jurisdiction.  

Who should view?

Criminal and Family lawyers at all levels who practise in these areas.

Order timeframe

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.


Marie Dyhrberg QC

Marie Dyhrberg QC is a senior barrister specialising in criminal law and appears regularly at the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal in New Zealand. She also appears with clients before the Parole Board. Her experience and expertise were recognised in her appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 2014.

Alissa Bell
McVeagh Fleming

John Hickey
Hickey Law


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