Tue 18 February | 4:30PM - 6:45PM | Your desk or on your portable device

Synopsis - more details to follow

Covering crucial core content and the latest procedural and case law developments, this seminar will provide a roadmap for bringing and arguing appeals for those who practise Criminal law.

Registrants are encouraged to email topics/questions for the panel discussion component of the seminar to cpd@adls.org.nz by Thursday 13 February.

Learning outcomes

In respect of Criminal appeals:

  • Receive a refresher and updater on jurisdiction, grounds, types and outcomes. 
  • Develop a better understanding of key topics such as bail pending appeal, and Sena in respect of Judge-alone trials. 
  • In respect of miscarriage of justice – a central factor in most criminal appeals – benefit from in-depth historical perspectives and knowledge, and become updated on the latest Court of Appeal authority on the meaning of miscarriage of justice under the Criminal Procedure Act, Wiley v R. You will learn about the Supreme Court's opinion of Wiley and s 232 of the Criminal Procedure Act from its judgment in Misa v R [2019] NZSC 134. Learn how that test may be met by reference to commonly argued points on appeal.
  • Gain valuable pointers about practicalities, such as assembly of materials including hyperlinking and page limits. 
  • Garner judicial insights into the content and presentation of submissions, hearing dos and don’ts, and common areas for improvement.

Who should attend?

All those practising in Criminal law.

live stream registration only

Please note this page is only for registration to attend via live stream.

To register to attend in person click here.


The Honourable Paul Heath QC

Hon Paul Heath QC was admitted to the Bar in 1978.  After practising in a firm, in 1998 he joined the separate Bar and was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel. 

Paul served as a High Court Judge between 2002 and 2018. During that time, he presided over a number of significant criminal jury trials, as well as Judge-alone fraud trials. 

From 2003, until 2016, Paul sat as a member of the Criminal Appeal Division of the Court of Appeal on a regular basis. Following his retirement from the Bench, he joined Bankside Chambers in Auckland. Further information is at www.bankside.co.nz.  

Anne Stevens QC

Anne Stevens QC is a Dunedin counsel specialising in criminal law.  She began practice in 1988. Her career has included appearances in many jurisdictions, lecturing at university, and speaking to different groups. 

Anne has been a faculty member of NZLS Litigation Skills for 16 years, including Director in 2004

?Warren Pyke

Warren specialises in appellate advocacy. He has over 27 years of experience. He has conducted upwards of 100 appeals in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  

He has represented defendants in a range of serious criminal matters, including homicides, fraud, conspiracy and sexual offence cases.
Warren joined the independent bar in 1994, after practising for a number of years as a solicitor in general litigation practice in Wellington and the Bay of Plenty. 

He frequently acts in civil, commercial and professional disciplinary matters and he has appeared as counsel for the New Zealand Law Society in disciplinary proceedings. 

Warren is a well-known presenter of legal education seminars and has lectured in civil procedure at Waikato University.


Marie Dyhrberg QC