Thu 30 April | 4:00PM - 5:30PM | Your desk or on your portable device

Synopsis - more details to follow

Covering two topics of importance for all litigators, this seminar will provide a refresher and updater on contempt of court and judicial recusal.

With new legislation on the law of contempt, the potential for contempt – and the need for lawyers to deal with potential contempt issues – will increase once the Act takes effect later this year.

In a country the size of Aotearoa, the need for judicial recusal would seem to be great – but proper procedures and various guidelines exist, and the threshold for recusal is high. 

Learning outcomes

In respect of contempt of court:

  • Become apprised of the coverage, scope and application of the Contempt of Court Act 2019, with particular focus on publication contempt (for example, involving the media and name suppression).
  • Receive insights into how potential contempt issues might arise (for example, the taking of photographs in a court waiting area), and how to avoid or at least manage them.
  • Benefit from finding out about real-life examples, and the learnings from those.
  • In respect of judicial recusal:
  • Improve your understanding of when recusal is and is not required, and of the appropriate procedures and applicable guidelines. 

Who should attend?

Litigators of all levels of experience. 

Live stream registration only

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

To register to attend in person click here.


Robert Stewart
Barrister, Shortland Chambers


The Honourable Kit Toogood QC