Presented by two of the co-authors of the 2018 text Mahoney on Evidence: Act & Analysis, this seminar will focus on the current application of key sections of the Evidence Act 2006 in both the civil and criminal law jurisdictions.
This seminar will cover recent developments related to rules of evidence that are of interest to civil and criminal law practitioners, such as:
(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; and
(i) presenting further evidence after closing a case.
- Update your knowledge of the current versions of key provisions of the Evidence Act 2006 and recent case law on those provisions from the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
- Learn about some potential changes to the Evidence Act 2006 recently proposed by the New Zealand Law Commission in its 2018 Issues Paper: Second Review of the Evidence Act 2006 (NZLC IP42, 2018).
- Gain practical and useful insights into the application of evidence law in civil and criminal cases
Who should attend?
All civil and criminal practitioners who appear in court.
Attendees will be provided with a copy of the Powerpoint presentations used by the presenters. In addition, attendees will be able to purchase a copy of Elisabeth McDonald and Scott Optican (gen eds) Mahoney on Evidence: Act & Analysis (Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2018) at the seminar.
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University of Auckland
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.”
Barrister and Lecturer
University of Auckland
Jack is a lecturer at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Law, where he taught evidence in 2017 and 2018. Along with Scott he recently co-authored Mahoney on Evidence: Act & Analysis (Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2018).
In 2018, Jack has published on the law of expert evidence and the ramifications of the Court of Appeal's decision in Lundy v R  NZCA 410 in which he was counsel. Alongside his academic work, Jack practises as a barrister at Bankside Chambers.