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Annual CBA Conference - Auckland, 3-4 August 2019

Earlybird pricing closes 3 July 2018 so register now to secure your place!

This year's Criminal Bar Association Conference will be in Auckland over the weekend of 3-4 August 2019. The conference sessions will be held at the University of Auckland School of Business, and the conference dinner will be held at the Cordis Hotel (previously the Langham) on Symonds Street.  Attendance at the full conference fulfils 10 CPD hours - the full annual requirement.

Our keynote speaker will be our new Chief Justice, Her Honour Justice Helen Winkelmann.

Our full lineup is as follows:

  • Chief Justice, Her Honour Justice Winkelmann
  • Felicity Gerry QC, London and Melbourne; Professor of Legal Practice – Life after Jogee: The Ultimate War Story
  • Grant Algie SC, Australia – Media, Politics and the Criminal Law; The Australian Experience
  • Scott Optican – Evidence Law Update
  • Dr Susan Hatters-Friedman – Family Homicides
  • Cristina Fon – Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in a Nutshell
  • Justices Kos and Venning – Dialogue with the Bench
  • Chester Borrows and Julia Whaipooti – Te Uepū - Criminal Justice Review
  • Nicolas Thomas – Computer Forensic Investigations
  • Simon Mount QC and Kerryn Beaton – Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care: What Defence Counsel Should Know

The conference involves great food and drink, outstanding professional development and wonderful collegiality.

We have kept our prices the same as last year - we continue to believe this is hands down the best value for money conference you can get.


CBA Members - Early Bird $550  ~~  After 3 July $650
Non-Members - Early Bird $800  ~~  After 3 July $900

Scholarships and other financial assistance may be available for attendance at the conference - please email with your details if you would like to apply for assistance.  We also offer discounted attendances for student CBA members - please contact for more details.

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

The conference price includes the price of attendance at our conference dinner, which will be held on the evening of Saturday 3 August at the Cordis Hotel. Partners are most welcome to attend the conference dinner; the cost of an additional dinner guest is $155.


For those who are travelling from out of town (or for those who just want a night in the city away from the kids), Cordis has provided us with special rates for the conference weekend - CLICK HERE to book now.