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  • In August 2023 the Office of the Inspectorate of the Department of Corrections issued a report on the prison management of pregnant women and mothers of infant children.  The report “Mothers and Babies” examines the management of pregnant women, those in prison with a child in the community and opportunities for mothers with children in the community to maintain support of parental relationships.  The conclusion is that all three of the women’s prisons have well-resourced and inviting spaces for mothers to care for their children under 24 months old but that the facilities are under used and their potential only partially fulfilled.  The report will be of interest to practitioners acting for women prisoners/defendants. FINAL Inspectorate thematic report - Mothers and Babies.pdf


  • The 2023 budget did not provide increases in legal aid funding, particularly the duty lawyer rate remained frozen at its 2006 rate. A Special General Meeting of CBA will be called to discuss action and to consider legal advise regarding professional obligations while pursuing this campaign.


  • In November 2022 a CBA group met with the Minister of Justice to discuss topics including; legal aid, name suppression, judicial resources, name suppression and prisoner issues.
  • Following the 2022 CBA meet with the Legal Services Commissioners to raise concerns that the announced budget increases to legal aid were not resulting in substantial increases to legal aid and particularly noted the low rates for duty solicitors and fixed fees. 
  • Successful CBA Conference in Auckland 5 - 7 August, this included the new Minister of Justice the Honourable Kiri Allan, the Chief Justice Justice Winkelmann , Justice Kos, President Cooper, Chief High Court Judge Thomas and Chief District Court Judge Taumaunu.  Conference Dinner at the Auckland Museum.
  • CBA has appeared in Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as intervenor on issues including murder sentencing and access to mental health services and hopes to appear in further cases in 2023.
  • CBA making submissions to parliamentary select committees and participating in the CPIP workstream consultation process and contributing to  High Court Disclosure working group.

AGM and Committee Nominations

08 Mar 2024

This year's Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 27 March 2024.  The AGM will be held in Auckland with a video link for remote participation.  A link to the AGM will be sent to members closer to the date.

The CBA's success in the past years has been the result of an excellent and hardworking executive.  It is involved in significant matters of concern to the criminal bar.  The interest in the CBA is reflected in the continued contested elections for the Executive Committee, which demonstrates that the Association is a national organisation that serves the interests of the whole criminal bar with its committee being representative of the criminal bar both geographically and in terms of spheres of interest.

Committee meetings are held virtually on a monthly basis. If you have an interest in trying to make a difference, please put your name forward as a candidate for the executive.

Please note you must be a current financial member of the Association to be eligible to nominate, second a candidate, or stand for office.  Any person is also free to nominate himself/herself. Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday 13 March 2024 along with a photo and bio.

Click here <> for the nomination form.



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