Sat 11 May | 9:00AM - 5:30PM | Jet Park Hotel MAP


Jury trials require a specific set of advocacy skills. Given the serious nature of cases heard in a jury trial setting, ‘getting it wrong’ can have significant implications for the accused – and for defence counsel. Aptitude in preparation and presentation is key.

During this intensive day and in a collaborative environment, attendees will receive guidance on jury trial advocacy skills, through presentations, demonstrations and commentary, from a panel of highly experienced and well-regarded presenters.

Attendees will also receive useful materials which will reinforce the practical application of the content. 

There will be a 'mix and mingle' session with drinks and nibbles after the intensive which attendees are encouraged to attend.

For information about accommodation at the venue please click here.

Learning outcomes

At this intensive you will learn (inter alia):

  • How to develop a theory of the case.
  • How to deal with pre-trial applications and admissibility of evidence.
  • Fundamentals of trial preparation.
  • Basic trial procedure.
  • How to structure and prepare for examination and cross-examination of witnesses.
  • Techniques for effective examination and cross-examination of witnesses, including dealing with hostile witnesses.
  • How to structure and effectively present opening and closing addresses.
  • How to recognise some common ethical problems in criminal jury trials.

Who should attend?

Although the focus of the seminar will be oriented towards those acting as defence counsel, the themes will be of practical use to all those commencing, or relatively inexperienced in, jury trial advocacy, as well as those more experienced who are seeking an update/refresher.

This intensive meets Ministry of Justice requirements as an equivalent course suggested for completion as part of an application for Criminal Provider Approval Level 2.


Paul Dacre QC

Paul is a Queen’s Counsel specialising in criminal law. He has defended and prosecuted at all levels in New Zealand and the Pacific. Paul has appeared on a number of occasions in the Privy Council in London and was appointed special counsel in a death penalty trial in San Francisco (which was successful).

In 2002 he was appointed the Public Defender for the Pitcairn Islands and defended a series of historical sexual cases. Paul is a past President of the Criminal Bar Association and former executive member of the New Zealand Bar Association.

Marie Dyhrberg QC

Marie is a leading Barrister specialising in Criminal Law.  She appears regularly at the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.  Marie is passionate about helping young people, whose talents she often sees going untapped for want of a decent education, a good home and a measure of encouragement.

 Marie is able to fairly represent both advantaged and disadvantaged young people and their families in a judicial environment that can be intimidating for them.

Marie is a past Chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), and was the first woman to have taken on the role of Chair.  She is the Vice President of ADLS as well as convenor of the ADLS Criminal Law Committee.

Simon Lance
City Chambers 

Simon Lance is a senior barrister practising from City Chambers in Auckland . He specialises in all aspects of criminal law .

He has conducted many jury trials involving a range of different charges. He strives to utilise his experience and judgment in order to achieve the best result for his client.

Julie-Anne Kincade
Blackstone Chambers

Julie-Anne has been a criminal barrister since 1991. She began as a barrister in London, a member of what is now called Carmelite Chambers. She prosecuted and defended at every level of the court system in England.

She was  also an elected member of the Bar Council. Julie-Anne came to New Zealand in 2006 and began work at Meredith Connell. Since October  2013 she has been at the independent Bar, and was one of the founding members of Blackstone Chambers in Wyndham Street. 

Guyon Foley

Guyon commenced practise in 1986 at the Auckland Crown Solicitor’s offfice. He joined the independent bar in 1992. Guyon has appeared as counsel in a number of significant trial matters involving allegations of homicide, serious fraud, drug manufacture and importation, and sexual offending in addition to receiving instructions in civil or tribunal matters involving proceeds of crime, mental health, customs, transport and regulatory tribunal proceedings.

He has led and appeared in major extradition and MACMA proceedings. Guyon has appeared as leading or sole counsel before all primary and appellate courts in New Zealand.

Denise Wallwork
Liberty Law

Annabel Maxwell-Scott
Cathedral Chambers

Maxine Pitch
Maxine Pitch Lawyer


His Honour Judge McNaughton