Written Evidence: Preparing it and Using it to Best Effect (On Demand)

Recorded Seminar 2 CPD Hrs
At your desk or on your portable device


Written evidence, either in the form of affidavits or briefs of evidence, is an integral part of the judicial process. The ability to prepare and use it effectively is equally a core litigation skill. This On Demand seminar provides helpful tips and strategies for preparing and deploying written evidence.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn more about the preparation of affidavits, how to structure them to best advantage and how to deal with bad facts.
  • Gain a better understanding of the rules that apply to the content of affidavits and the procedures involved when using them.
  • Receive insights into the rules that relate to briefs of evidence particularly in respect of what they can and cannot contain as well as best practice tips on their preparation.

Who should view?

All litigators wishing to learn more about this topic or receive a refresher on it.


Order timeframe

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.


Bruce Stewart QC

Before becoming Queen's Counsel in 2000, Bruce was a litigation partner at Simpson Grierson where he specialised in enforcement of securities, receiverships, liquidations, banking law and corporate disputes.  Bruce has represented directors facing complaints and court proceedings arising out of the failure of finance companies over the past decade and has appeared as senior counsel in a number of leading cases in the areas of securities, priorities, banking law and property law.  

Bruce has appeared before all levels of the New Zealand courts including the Privy Council prior to its abolition as the ultimate appellate court in 2004 and is regularly involved in high profile litigation, arbitrations and mediations.

Jason Goodall
Bankside Chambers

Jason graduated from the University of Auckland and commenced his legal career clerking for Sir Peter Blanchard in the Court of Appeal. He subsequently worked as a senior associate in the litigation departments of Russell McVeagh (under Justice Kós) and Slaughter & May in London, where he briefed evidence in some of the largest cases in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Jason has, for the last seven years, practised as a commercial barrister from Bankside Chambers in Auckland.


The Honourable Justice Palmer