Reforming the Law of Evidence Conference – Friday 8 September 2017

Publication Date 
21 July 2019

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On 1 August 2017 the Evidence Act 2006 will have been in force for 10 years. To mark this occasion as well as the Law Commission's work on the second five-yearly review of the Act's operation, we invite you to a  conference and workshop to be held at Victoria University of Wellington.

The programme will consist of an overview of current issues, presented by several academics and practitioners. This will be followed by an afternoon of smaller group discussion to explore possible reform options, or practical responses, in areas such as veracity and propensity, improperly obtained evidence, privilege, expert evidence and the support of vulnerable witnesses.

The discussions will be co-facilitated by leading Australian evidence law academics, who will be able to offer valuable comparative observations and suggestions, given the shared genesis of the New Zealand legislation and the Uniform Evidence Law.

The day promises to offer a unique opportunity for practitioners, policy makers, law students, academics and members of the judiciary to engage with topical issues through collegial discussion. It will also be an important aspect of the Law Commission's engagement strategy as part of their review of the Act.

Speakers and consultants include:

  • Fionnghuala Cuncannon, Meredith Connell;
  • The Hon Justice French, Court of Appeal;
  • Professor Jeremy Gans, University of Melbourne;
  • Professor David Hamer, University of Sydney;
  • Professor Jill Hunter, University of New South Wales;
  • Professor Elisabeth McDonald, University of Canterbury;
  • The Hon Justice Miller, Court of Appeal;
  • Associate Professor Scott Optican, University of Auckland; and
  • The Hon Douglas White QC, President of the New Zealand Law Commission.

When–Friday 8 September 2017, 8.30am–5pm
Where–Old Government Building, 55 Lambton Quay, Wellington

Register for the Conference at this Eventbrite link.

The conference is supported by the Law Foundation and the University of Canterbury. 

For further information, please contact:

Elisabeth McDonald at

This conference is CPD compatible.