Thu 07 November | 4:00PM - 6:15PM | ADLS, Chancery Chambers, Auckland MAP


The Court of Appeal has expressed interest in revisiting the main principles underlying the Sentencing Act 2002, which requires lawyers to probe whether developed practices such as guideline judgments are proper.

This seminar will examine the potential arguments that arise under the Sentencing Act to challenge the high rates of imprisonment in New Zealand. Are the sentencing levels correct? What are some of the innovative sentencing arguments you could make?

We will also focus on the Court of Appeal judgment in Zhang v The Queen which focuses on sentencing in methamphetamine cases. 

Learning outcomes

  • Gain a better understanding of the statistics and whether the guideline judgments are proper.
  • Receive practical tips on innovative arguments that could be made with regard to sentencing.
  • Find out about the approach to methamphetamine sentencing in light of the Zhang judgment.

Who should attend?

All lawyers practicing in criminal law and those with an interest in aspects of sentencing.


In person registration only

Please note this page is only for registration to attend in person.

To register to attend via live stream click here.


Julie-Anne Kincade

Kris Gledhill


Her Honour Judge Johns