Litigation Guardians – Looking After Others and Looking After Yourself (On Demand)

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Litigation guardians are appointed to protect the processes of the Court and to ensure that the interests of a litigant who has impaired capacity are protected against the disadvantage that the litigant would otherwise be under.

This On Demand webinar discusses the appointment process, the scope of the role, its risks and responsibilities and the relevant law.

Learning outcomes

  • Learn more about the appointment process and what factors should trigger the appointment of a Litigation Guardian.
  • Learn more about the scope of the role and the inherent responsibilities and risks.
  • Gain a better understanding of the relevant legislation and recent case law.

Who should view?

This webinar is relevant to all litigators, especially those practising in the areas of family law, mental health, lawyer for child, elder law and estate work.

Order timeframe

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.


Robyn von Keisenberg

Robyn is a family law barrister with over 30 years’ experience in a broad range of areas including relationship property/trust disputes, capacity and mental health issues under Mental Health Act and PPPR Act legislation and estate litigation. Robyn also represents children in COCA disputes and trust and estate litigation.

Robyn is senior counsel on Lawyer for Subject Person lists and Lawyer for Child lists and has developed special interest in mental health. She has served on and convened a number of Law Society committees. She is currently serving as a Deputy Member on the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

Zannah Johnston
Crown Counsel 

Zannah is Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office, Auckland.  She undertakes a range of litigation and advisory work on behalf of the Crown, including judicial review and other civil proceedings against parties such as Police and Corrections. 

She regularly conducts criminal appeals on behalf of the Crown, and has formerly worked as a prosecutor in both Auckland and Christchurch.  Zannah studied at Otago University and the University of Toronto, and worked for a period at the Sexual and Gender Based Crimes Unit in Liberia, West Africa.