Welcome to the official website for the Criminal Bar Association of New Zealand, Inc ("CBA").
The CBA was formed in 1984 to further and promote the practice of criminal law in New Zealand. Although originally the CBA focused more on collegiality and social events amongst practitioners, we quickly began to take an active role in law reform issues, particularly in such areas as legislative change, individual rights and freedoms, and prison reform.
Most recently, the CBA has taken an active role in challenging many of the changes to provision of legal aid services, and have been at the forefront of negotiation, and latterly litigation, in our efforts to ensure that access to justice is properly maintained and to ensure the preservation of a strong, high quality independent bar in New Zealand. As a direct result of our efforts in this area, our membership has increased significantly, and we are pleased and proud to represent the interests of criminal lawyers (and their clients) throughout New Zealand.
Members of the CBA include defence lawyers, prosecutors, judges and academics whose area of expertise and interest is our criminal justice system.
We always welcome new members, and if you are interested, please go to our membership page to find out more, or click the join button in the User Login box on the right.