Thu 26 March | 4:30PM - 6:45PM | Pullman Auckland MAP


Presented by two evidence law academics from the University of Auckland Faculty of Law (one of whom is a co-author and general editor of the 2018 text Mahoney on Evidence: Act & Analysis), this seminar will focus on the current application of key sections of the Evidence Act 2006 in both the civil and criminal law jurisdictions. 

This seminar will cover recent developments related to rules of evidence that are of interest to civil and criminal law practitioners, such as:

(a) expert opinion evidence;
(b) claims of privilege/ confidentiality;
(c) previous consistent statements;
(d) hearsay/ business records;
(e) defendant’s statements and improperly obtained evidence;
(f) eligibility and compellability of witnesses;
(g) relevance/ unfair prejudice/ propensity evidence;
(h) modes of presenting evidence;
(i) presenting further evidence after closing a case;
(j) examination-in-chief and cross-examination.

Attendees will be provided with a hard copy of the Powerpoint slides used by the presenters. In addition, attendees will be able to purchase a copy of Elisabeth McDonald and Scott Optican (gen eds) Mahoney on Evidence: Act & Analysis (Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2018) at the seminar.

Learning outcomes

  • Update your knowledge of the current versions of key provisions of the Evidence Act 2006 and recent case law on those provisions from the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
  • Learn about some potential changes to the Evidence Act 2006 recently proposed by the New Zealand Law Commission in its 2019 Report: The Second Review of the Evidence Act 2006 (NZLC R142, 2019).
  • Gain practical and useful insights into the application of evidence law in civil and criminal cases

Who should attend?

All civil and criminal practitioners who appear in court.

In person registration only - please note the later start time

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Scott Optican
Associate Professor
University of Auckland

Associate Professor Scott Optican teaches evidence, criminal procedure and criminal justice at the University of Auckland Faculty of Law. He has published extensively in those fields and served on the New Zealand Law Commission’s expert panel for the second review of the Evidence Act 2006.

Scott is also a co-author of Elisabeth McDonald and Scott Optican (gen eds) Mahoney on Evidence: Act & Analysis (Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2018) and a contributing editor in evidence for the New Zealand Law Review.”

Carrie Leonetti
Associate Professor
University of Auckland Faculty of Law

Associate Professor Carrie Leonetti teaches criminal law, evidence, psychiatry and the law, and miscarriages of justice at the University of Auckland School of Law. She is a member of the Committee on Forensic Sciences for the American Society for Testing & Materials International and was a member of the American Bar Association Biological Evidence Task Force, which drafted the ABA’s Standards for DNA Evidence.

Her scholarly works include articles and book chapters on police interrogations and false confessions, lie detection, suspicionless dragnet investigations, surreptitious DNA collection, cell-site simulators, high tech bulk surveillance, data mining and the digital footprint, the nature and history of exclusionary rules, eyewitness-identification procedures, and the use of immersive virtual environments in jury trials and lineup procedures.