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2017 Annual CBA Conference

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It's that time again!

This year's Criminal Bar Conference is to be held in Auckland over the weekend of 5-6 August 2017. 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.

This year we are delighted to welcome two distinguished international speakers - Justice Ian Binnie and Michael Mansfield QC.

Justice Binnie, a well-respected Canadian lawyer and retired Supreme Court Judge, was asked in 2011 by the New Zealand Minister of Justice, Simon Power, to investigate a compensation claim made by David Bain. After a 12-month investigation, Justice Binnie concluded that the original police investigation declared Bain to be innocent on the balance of probabilities and recommended he should be paid compensation. The then-Minister of Justice, Judith Collins, controversially rejected the findings of that report.

This will be the first opportunity delegates will have to hear firectly from Justice Binnie on this fascinating legal dilemma.

Justice Binnie will also present a second session at the conference, focusing on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and how it has impacted the criminal law in Canada in ways unforeseen by the framers.  He will address the difference is makes when the Charter is constitutionally entrenched (as in Canada) as opposed to the New Zealand approach.

Michael Mansfield QC is an English Barrister and self-described "radical lawyer".  He has participated in prominent and controversial Court cases  and inquests including acting for members of the wrongly convicted "Guildford Four" and "Birmingham Six" IRA bombings, the Hillsborough stadium disaster, the "McLibel" case, and the deaths of Jean Charles de Menezes and Diana, Princess of Wales.  He has also been an outspoken critic of many of the legal aid changes that have occurred in the UK in recent years.


CBA Members - Early Bird $495//After 1 July $595
Non-Members - Early Bird $750//After 1 July $850

The conference price includes the price of attendance at our conference dinner, which will be held on the evening of Saturday 5 August at the Pullman Hotel. The keynote speaker will be Michael Mansfield QC. Partners are most welcome to attend the conference dinner; the cost of an additional dinner guest is $155.

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 a Gold sponsor of the 2017 NZ Criminal Bar Association Conference.

Ludlows will have a professional fitter at the Conference to display, sell and to conduct fittings for Ludlows products. Delegates may also leave garments / wigs for repair and alternations.

For all legal wear enquiries, please contact Regina Pettersen on


For those who are travelling from out of town (or for those who just want a night in the city away from the kids), you can book accommodation at the Pullman Hotel now by clicking here to access the rate for our conference package.  The prices offered here are a fully flexible refundable rate, not a "best" rate; please feel free to look around for alternatives if you prefer, either at the Pullman or other venues.