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2018 Annual CBA Conference

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It's that time again!

This year's Criminal Bar Conference is again to be held in Auckland over the weekend of 4-5 August 2018. The conference sessions will be held at the University of Auckland School of Business, and the conference dinner will be held at the Pullman Hotel on Waterloo Quadrant. Attendance at the full conference fulfils 10 CPD hours - the full annual requirement.

In addition to our wonderful lineup (full details click here) we are delighted to welcome two Keynote speakers this year.

The first is another distinguished international speaker - Nigel Pascoe QC.  Nigel is a specialist practitioner in criminal jury advocacy.  He also undertakes Courts Martial, and some civil work, including serious abuse and baby shaking cases, defamation, planning and licensing. He has been one of the top jury advocates in the United Kingdom since taking Silk in 1988. He has considerable experience of mental health issues, notably in murder cases. 

In addition, Nigel is a respected playwright and performer, and while in New Zealand will perform a One-Man play. Details of that will follow.  Click here for more info about Nigel.

We are also delighted to welcome the Honourable Andrew Little MP, Minister of Justice.  The Minister readily accepted the invitation to address the Criminal Bar Association in response to issues raised by the speech of the Chief Justice at last year's conference.  We look forward to hearing what he has to say about this; and his vision for the future of criminal justice.


CBA Members - Early Bird $550  ~~  After 1 July $650
Non-Members - Early Bird $800  ~~  After 1 July $900

The conference price includes the price of attendance at our conference dinner, which will be held on the evening of Saturday 4 August at the Pullman Hotel. The keynote speaker will be Nigel Pascoe QC. Partners are most welcome to attend the conference dinner; the cost of an additional dinner guest is $155.

We also offer discounted attendances for student CBA members - please contact for more details.

As the conference is discounted for CBA members, please ensure you sign up for membership or renew your membership before you register for the conference.

Ludlows is Australasia’s leading provider of legal regalia and proud sponsor of the 2018 NZ Criminal Bar Conference.

Ludlows will have a professional fitter at the Conference to display, sell and to conduct fittings for Ludlows products. They will have on hand at the conference:

  • Bar Wigs
  • Cool Wool Bar Gowns
  • Cool Wool Bar Jackets
  •  Silk Gowns (for QCs and Judges)
  • Jabots and Tunics
  • Shirts and Collars
  • Wig Stands and Travel Tin
  •  Robe Bags and Accessories                         

Ludlows also offers cleaning and maintenance of all Regalia products at a modest fee, including wig cleaning and repairs. Delegates may leave their regalia with Ludlows at the conference for repairs and maintenance.

For further information, please contact Regina Pettersen:


This year we are recommending that those who are travelling from out of town (or for those who just want a night in the city away from the kids) book at the Quadrant Hotel & Suites (right next to the Pullman Hotel).  Click here for prices and booking information.

For those who do wish to stay at the Pullman the booking link is here.

4 August, 2018 8:00 AM   through   5 August, 2018 3:00 PM
Conference Attendance
Fee - Complimentary
Fee - Dinner only
Fee - Corporate member already paid
Fee - Student
Fee - Judge
Please confirm you are attending the dinner?
Yes - Judges Only
Yes - Student
Are you bringing an additional guest to dinner?
Credit Card Processing Fee $ 2.00