Annual CBA Conference - 5 & 6 August 2023

This year's Criminal Bar Association Conference will be held in Auckland over the weekend of 5 and 6 August 2023.  Attendance at the full conference fulfils 10 CPD hours - the full annual requirement.

This year our keynote speaker is Judge Nancy Gertner.  Judge Nancy Gertner is a graduate of Barnard College and Yale Law School where she was an editor on The Yale Law Journal. She received her M.A. in Political Science at Yale University. She has been an instructor at Yale Law School, teaching sentencing and comparative sentencing institutions, since 1998. She was appointed to the bench in 1994 by President Clinton. She has written and spoken widely on various legal issues and has appeared as a keynote speaker, panelist or lecturer concerning civil rights, civil liberties, employment, criminal justice and procedural issues, throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Her autobiography, In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate, was released on April 26, 2011. Her book, The Law of Juries, co-authored with attorney Judith Mizner, was published in 1997 and updated in 2010. She has published articles, and chapters on sentencing, discrimination, and forensic evidence, women’s rights, and the jury system. In September of 2011, Judge Gertner retired from the federal bench and became part of the faculty of the Harvard Law School teaching a number of subjects including criminal law, criminal procedure, forensic science and sentencing, as well as continuing to teach and write about women’s issues around the world.

The speakers for this years conference include:

  • Judge Nancy Gertner – keynote speaker 
  • Appellate Judges Panel - Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann, Justice Cooper, Justice Thomas 
  • District Court Judges Panel 
  • Scott Optican – Evidence Law Update 
  • Panel session facilitated by Fiona Guy Kidd KC and Nick Chisnall KC and involving Downs J on counter-intuitive evidence and Chris Stevenson on exclusion of confession evidence
  • Forensic Group – horror show 
  • Dr Ian de Terte and Yvette Tinsley – the potentially traumatic nature of legal work and how to combat it.

The conference price includes attendance at our conference dinner, which will be held on the evening of Saturday 6 August at the Pullman Hotel.  The after dinner speaker will be Judge Nancy Gertner.  Partners are most welcome to attend the conference dinner; the cost of an additional dinner guest is $220.

Some scholarships are available for CBA members for attendance at the conference and the CBA also offers payment plan options - please email with your details if you would like to apply for assistance.


For those who are travelling from out of town, the Pullman Hotel are offering discounted accommodation options once we have received the accommodation link from the hotel this will be placed on our website.  



All pricing below includes GST

Membership Type Early bird Pricing Normal pricing after 2 July
Full Member $595.00 $695.00
Associate Member $595.00 $695.00
Recently Admitted Member $495.00 $595.00
Corporate Member $595.00 $695.00

Student Member - Conference and Dinner 

$365.00 $365.00
Student Member - Conference Only  $145.00 $145.00
 Non Member   $800.00 $900.00


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