Family Violence Legislation for Family & Criminal Lawyers: Getting 1 July-Ready (On Demand)

Recorded Seminar 1.5 CPD Hrs
Your desk or on your portable device


New Zealand leads the world in many areas – unfortunately our rate of domestic and intimate-partner violence is one of them. The new family violence legislation, being introduced in two tranches, seeks to address this appalling situation.

The changes that took effect on 3 December are already having an impact on bail, charges and even parenting orders. And just what is in store from 1 July?

This On Demand seminar provides information and insights from members of the bar and bench so that you are fully apprised in time. 

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the key changes that will be introduced for both criminal and family practitioners, including information-sharing between government agencies, Police Safety Orders, Protection and Property Orders.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the practical effect of changes to the Bail Act in family violence cases.
  • Consider the impact of proceedings in different jurisdictions, criminal offending leading to appearances in the Family Violence Court and subsequent crossover applications filed in the Family Court.

Who should view?

Family and criminal lawyers as well as general practitioners who work in either one or both of these areas. 

Order timeframe

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.


Colleen Newton
Friendship Chambers

Colleen has been in practice for over 30  years, commencing in Auckland as a research  assistant alongside Michael Crew QC, on the Arthur Allen Thomas

Royal Commission , she  worked in London firms in Commercial litigation prior to returning to NZ.

Now based in Manukau she was a District Inspector for Mental Health, involved in national inquires over the care of patients in the mental health facilities and now carries out a mixed practice of criminal and family law work.

Adam Holland
Sentinel Chambers

Adam has more than 20 years’ legal experience.

Adam began his career working in a national law firm in Wellington, followed by six years working in commercial litigation in New York. In 2007, Adam returned to New Zealand and worked for the Public Defence Service before joining Sentinel Chambers as a barrister.

Adam currently practises in all areas of criminal defence work, with an emphasis on alleged sexual offending, drugs and serious violence cases.


His Honour Judge Burns