About the Practical Guidance
Criminal Law module
Have all your practical legal tools in one intuitive online portal with Practical Guidance. Access a vast collection of criminal law matters, to save you time and streamline your legal research.
Practical Guidance gives you handy overviews, guidance notes, checklists, precedents, forms, cases, legislation and commentary, displayed in an intuitive format, so you have all your criminal law tools in one place.
The module covers essential information on criminal liability, disclosure, bail, diversion, legal aid, plea and summary and indictable procedures.
Acting as the perfect starting point for all criminal law research, it has easy links to complimentary external sites and deeper research for all LexisNexis NZ subscribers to give you streamlined access to specialist matters. Authored by experts, you can rest assured you're relying on trusted content.
- 18 topics
- 55 subtopics with overviews
- 220+ guidance notes
- 50+ forms and precedents
- 18 checklists
- Criminal liability
- Offences against the person
- Property offences
- Sexual offences
- Drug offences
- Traffic offences
- Legal aid
- Procedure: old system (summary procedure and Indictable procedure)
- Procedure: new system (Criminal Procedure Act 2011)
- Mentally impaired persons (coming soon)
- Search and Surveillance (coming soon)
- Garrow and Turkington's Criminal Law
- Abbott and Thompson District Courts Practice (Criminal)
- Sim's Court Practice (NZ)
- Hall's Sentencing (NZ)
- Cross on Evidence (NZ)
- Becroft and Hall's Transport Law (NZ)
- New Zealand Forms and Precedents
- New Zealand Law Reports
- District Court Reports
- New Zealand Administrative Reports
- Unreported Judgments
- New Zealand Statutes
- New Zealand Regulations
- Laws of New Zealand
John Edgar - Public Defence Service
Deputy Public Defender - Waitakere
Criminal defence lawyer, legal writer and researcher
First class honours degree in law from the University of Auckland, Masters of Law from the University of London, PhD in NZ history from the University of Waikato
John Edgar has 11 years' experience as a defence lawyer. He has worked for a private law firm and as barrister sole and presently heads the Waitakere office of the Public Defence Service. He represents clients charged with a wide variety of charges and regularly conducts jury trials for serious offending.
From 2007 to 2009 he taught law, including criminal law and statutory interpretation, at the University of Auckland's Department of Commercial Law. In his present position he has practical experience as a mentor to junior and intermediate defence lawyers.
Stephanie Bishop - Luke Cunningham Clere
Criminal and regulatory prosecution
Bachelor of Laws / Master of Laws
Stephanie is a solicitor at Luke Cunningham Clere, the office of the Crown Solicitor for the Wellington region. In that role, she regularly appears in the District Court and High Court in respect of a range of criminal and regulatory matters, including as sole prosecuting counsel in criminal jury trials. Prior to working at Luke Cunningham Clere, Stephanie worked in criminal litigation first in Hawke's Bay and then in London at a top tier criminal firm, specialising in corruption, fraud and bribery.
On her return to New Zealand, Stephanie researched for the Law Commission and completed an LLM at Victoria University of Wellington, from which a paper on propensity issues was published.
Blake Dawson - Brandon Street Chambers
Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts
Blake Dawson is a barrister specialising in criminal law.
Blake was previously senior in-house counsel for the New Zealand Police Prosecution Service, advising and representing the Police on a wide variety of prosecution related matters. He has also worked as Crown Counsel with the Crown Law Office, as a prosecutor based in Wellington and Christchurch, and began his career as a litigation lawyer.
Blake also writes for the LexisNexis publications Abbott & Thompson District Courts Practice (Criminal) and Garrow & Turkington's Criminal Law.
Malcolm English - Public Defence Service
Lawyer - Waitakere
Master of Laws with First Class Honours, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland
Malcolm has worked at the Public Defence Service in Waitakere since 2012 covering all aspects of criminal defence work: summary, indictable, and appellate. For the two years before that he worked with a Provincial Government in the Solomon Islands through VSA. Prior to that he spent five years working for the Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office, and before that was in private practice.
Mark Lillico - Crown Law
Crown Counsel in criminal law team
Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts
Mark worked for 14 years in the private bar undertaking summary and indictable criminal defence work, civil claims against the police, youth advocacy and criminal justice policy advice. He is currently in the criminal team at Crown Law engaged in criminal appeals, criminal justice related civil proceedings and policy advice. Previously he was contracted to the Ministry of Justice assisting with the development of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011.
Criminal law, international law, German law and intellectual property law. Legal writing and research.
Master of Laws
Bianca Mueller, LL.M. (Wellington) is a German qualified judge and a solicitor admitted in both New Zealand and Germany. Bianca has worked as a lawyer for government agencies in New Zealand and overseas. She routinely presents and publishes both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, including criminal law, intellectual property and international law issues. Bianca also co-authored the Wai 262 report for the Ministry of Justice. Before moving to New Zealand, Bianca taught criminal law at the University of Bielefeld/Germany and worked as counsel for the state prosecution at the High Court of Detmold.
Bruce Northwood - Meredith Connell
Criminal law, specialising in drugs cases
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Bruce Northwood has been working as a lawyer for 28 years, focusing exclusively on criminal law for many of those years. He practiced as a barrister for eleven years until 2000, since then he has been with Meredith Connell in Auckland, prosecuting criminal cases. He defended people charged with most kinds of offences- including dishonesty offending, all kinds of violent and sexual offending and homicide. In recent years he has prosecuted drugs cases almost exclusively. Much of his work involves multiple accused drug cases, with evidence obtained by interception of private communications - text messages and telephone calls. He also prosecutes drug importation cases and manufacturing cases.
Craig Power - RPB Law
Partner and Crown Counsel
Bachelor of Laws
Craig worked for nearly three years in criminal defence in New Zealand, including general practice for two years thereof. He also worked in Queensland, Australia for the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) in various prosecution roles for seven years, two of which he held the role of Crown Prosecutor (jury trials). Currently a partner at Dunedin law firm, RPB Law, Craig has also held the role of crown counsel for the last seven years. His jury trials experience totals nine years including a number of trials involving alleged sexual offending.
Barrister and Solicitor
Criminal defence lawyer, legal writer and researcher
Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts
Cathie Sheat is a Wellington-based barrister practising mainly in the criminal Courts in Wellington, Porirua, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt. Cathie has years of experience as a criminal defence lawyer. She has extensive experience as a legal writer and researcher. She has written for publications on areas including criminal law and legal services.
Criminal law and legal aid appeals
Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts (Hons) History
Rosaleen Taylor is a Barrister specialising in criminal law and legal aid appeals (tribunal and High Court) after being admitted to the bar in 1993. After initial practise as a solicitor and barrister, Rosaleen represented the Legal Services Board, then the Legal Services Agency, in legal aid appeals before appeal tribunals and in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Rosaleen's other main area of practise is criminal defence work in the District Courts in the Wellington area. She has been a duty lawyer in the Wellington and Porirua courts since approximately 1998.
Mary-Jane Thomas - Preston Russell Law
Partner and Crown Solicitor for Southland
Criminal and employment law
Bachelor of Laws (Hons first class)
Mary-Jane Thomas has extensive experience as a criminal prosecutor and in employment law and civil litigation. She is the Crown Solicitor for Southland, taking over this role in 2005. Mary-Jane is also the partner in charge of Preston Russell's employment law practice. Mary-Jane spent five years at the Crown Law office in Wellington during which time she regularly appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal. In addition to criminal jury trials and Court of Appeal work she appeared for the Police, Department of Corrections and several other government departments in civil claims.