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10 October 2014

Introduction to Advocacy

Editor-In-Chief Sir Bruce Robertson

This is a revised edition of the work published in 2000. In his foreword, Sir Bruce says the prime purpose is to provide a comprehensive and accessible reservoir of information about the fundamental precepts and factors that are essential to the conduct of any litigation in a New Zealand context. The 17 chapters, running from Theory of the case to Appeals, are authored by 27 experienced litigators and members of the judiciary. NZLS CLE Ltd, September 2014, 978-0-958219-74-7, 502 pages, paperback, $122.50 (GST included, p&h excluded).

Prendergast: Legal Villain?

By Grant Morris

The Treaty of Waitangi is “a simple nullity” said James Prendergast CJ in 1877, creating one of the most-quoted phrases in New Zealand legal history – and earning a degree of infamy with the reinstatement of the Treaty to a central position from the 1980s onwards. Victoria University senior law lecturer Grant Morris looks at the life and times of a man who was a highly respected lawyer and judge in 19th century New Zealand. Victoria University Press, to be published November 2014, 978-0-864739-37-7, paperback, $40.00 (GST included, p&h excluded).

Understanding Company Law, 3rd edition

By Jonathan Barrett

This is aimed at non-law students who are studying the law relating to companies and other business organisations. The last edition was published in 2000. Jonathan Barrett is a senior lecturer in taxation and commercial law at Victoria University. The plain language text uses tables and graphics and covers the essential concepts of company law, business organisations, financial markets and takeovers. LexisNexis NZ Ltd, September 2014, 978-1-927248-19-5, 250 pages, paperback and e-book, $120.00 (GST included, p&h excluded).

Crimes Act 1961, 19th edition

The Crimes Act 1961 and New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 are consolidated as at 22 July 2014. History notes detail past amendments and give the wording of repealed sections. LexisNexis NZ Ltd, September 2014, 978-1-927248-76-8,440 pages, paperback, $65.00 (GST included, p&h excluded)

LexisNexis looks at mobile use

Australia-based LexisNexis Pacific has released results of its Pacific Mobility Survey, which surveyed 440 lawyers in New Zealand and Australia on their use of mobile devices. This found that 80% of lawyers used mobile devices for work. Around 70% of lawyers who used mobile devices were not aware of a device management policy in their organisation.

Mobile devices were used by lawyers to read emails, schedule calendars, read and review documents, for drafting, and to maintain awareness of legal or industry news.

The top five mobile apps on respondents’ wish lists were a timesheet, database with offline and online synching, MS Office for iOS, legislation and cases, and a dictation app. 

Victoria University Law Review Special Issue

The September 2014 issue of Victoria University Law Review (volume 45, number 3) is a special issue in honour of Harriette Vine, the first woman law graduate at Victoria in 1913. With a foreword by Wellington Women Lawyers Association Convenor Wendy Aldred, the issue contains 10 essays, as well as a reprint of Shirley Smith’s essay “My life in the law” (1993) 23 VUWLR 1.

An Editorial Note by Guest Editor Elisabeth McDonald notes that the articles look at the challenges of being a woman lawyer as well as analysing aspects of New Zealand law from a feminist perspective or reflect on the impact of gender in judicial decisions or legislation.

Last updated on the 17th March 2016