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Litigation Skills: A Practical Guide to Sentencing (eBook)

Litigation Skills: A Practical Guide to Sentencing (eBook)

Bonifant, J, 2016

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eBook 9780947514013 $80.00
Book 9781927313985 $80.00
Red Book LSSRED0SU $80.00

A useful tool for sentencing in the District Court


Format: ePub

This title is also available in Practitioner Book Online format.


The sentencing process is a significant aspect of the Criminal Justice system. This book is designed to assist junior practitioners at each stage of the sentencing process.

The book details the practical steps to take when preparing for sentencing; from initial client interview, to filing written submissions, to presenting an oral plea in mitigation at a sentencing hearing.

Realistic example fact scenarios are provided, together with tips, checklists, sample documents, and flow charts. The relevant legislation is also included for ease of reference.

The book will assist junior lawyers to competently advocate for their clients at sentence.


- Flowcharts
- Sample documents
- Practical tips
- Realistic example scenarios
- Relevant legislation


Related Titles

Murray, A Practical Guide to Criminal Procedure in New Zealand , 2nd ed (2016)
Hall, Sentencing Law and Practice, 3rd ed (2014)


Janine Bonifant has had over 20 years’ experience as a litigator with a focus on criminal law. She has previously worked as a senior Crown Prosecutor and Deputy Public Defender in Wellington.

Janine currently practices as barrister based in Wellington. In addition to criminal defence work, she also represents clients before a range of tribunals. Janine has been a faculty member of the NZLS Litigation Skills Programme since 2006 and was Director in 2013. She is currently an instructor for the Institute of Professional Legal Studies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Charge
Chapter 2: Meeting the Client
Chapter 3: Police Diversion
Chapter 4: Discharge without conviction: s 106 applications
Chapter 5: Guilty plea and immediate sentencing
Chapter 6: Not guilty pleas and case management procedures
Chapter 7: Sentencing indication hearings
Chapter 8: Sentencing hearings following remand
Chapter 9: The Land Transport Act 19978 and drink driving sentencing

Appendices: Selected legislation

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