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By Geoff Adlam Criminal Procedure in New Zealand, 3rd editionBy Jeremy Finn and Don Mathias While their focus is the Criminal Procedure Act 2011, the authors give “criminal procedure” a wider meaning than in the Act. Collectively they bring over 80 years of experience in teaching and practising criminal law and this…

Recent legal books

A Practical Guide to Legal Issues for Older PeopleBy Vicki Ammundsen, Hugh Ammundsen, Catherine Atchison, Kathryn Dalziel, Professor Kate Diesfeld, Dr Mark Fisher and Elaine Henderson Reviewed by Tracey Cormack This book includes contributions from practitioners with experience in each subject area covered, offering practical advice about key stages in life. The book…

Recent legal books

Reviewed by Geoff Adlam Mental Capacity Law in New ZealandBy Iris Reuvecamp and John Dawson, general editors The book contains contributions from 15 authors who include legal practitioners, academics, bioethicists and psychiatrists. Its focus is on the law governing the position of people who lack capacity to make decisions about their personal…
Can we improve jury trials?

Can we improve jury trials?

At the risk of spiralling off on a personal ramble, I wanted to set the scene by recommending a podcast “Sleepwalkers”, an iHeart Radio production hosted by Oz Woloshyn and Karah Preiss, and the book Thinking Fast and Slow¸ by Daniel Kahneman. “Sleepwalkers” is an exposition on the latest developments in…

Some thoughts from a new EV owner

Our relatively new VW Golf suddenly sickened and was about to die. Embarrassingly it constantly blew out clouds of blue smoke from the exhaust. An engine transplant was prescribed. It was a perfect opportunity to enter the exciting new world of cars which don’t use petrol. Back in September 2018 the…

Some recent legal books

The editors say they provide a comprehensive and critical analysis of legal principles and rules governing New Zealand companies, with a key focus being the rules within the Companies Act 1993 regulating the rights, powers, duties and obligations of companies and their directors, shareholders and creditors. The text also addresses…

The Australian Advocacy Institute's Advocacy Manual

The Complete Guide to Persuasive Advocacy, 2nd Edition, 2018 (Reprint) By Professor George Hampel AM QC, Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace, Elizabeth Brimer and Randall Kune Reviewed by Garry Williams As Murray Gleeson AC QC (Chief Justice of Australia 1998-2008) says in the foreword to the first edition of the Advocacy Manual – The Complete…

Some recent legal books

Arbitration, 2nd editionBy Anthony Willy and Terry Sissons A lot has changed in the world of arbitration since retired District Court Judge Anthony Willy brought out the first edition in 2010. He has been joined by barrister and arbitrator Terry Sissons. Aimed at practitioners and students, the book contains 19 chapters…

Pleadings Without Tears – A Guide to Legal Drafting Under the Civil Procedure Rules

It is a matter of some regret to me that Mylward v Weldon (1596) appears to have been forgotten. In Mylward’s case, the plaintiff had his son, Richard (instead of counsel), draw up the Replication (which, as I’m sure you all know, was what a Reply used to be called). This pleading…

Advocacy: The tools of the trade – The UK Bar Manual on Advocacy

Reviewed by Garry Williams One of the first things I did when I arrived in London in late 1997 was to search out the antiquarian legal bookshop Wildy & Sons. Given the rich pickings of things to see and do in London this might seem an odd thing for someone in their…
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