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The Rewards and Perils of Cross-Examination

While investigations into environmental offending may be carried out as thoroughly as possible, even a robust case may be unpicked during cross-examination, which may often determine the outcome of the case.  To the uninitiated, the prospect of having to give evidence in court and be cross-examined by opposing counsel can be daunting.  However, if officers or experts are equipped with sufficient knowledge of the court process and the necessary skills to respond to challenging questioning, the evidence given during cross-examination can often strengthen the prosecution case.  In this interactive seminar, we discuss the purpose of cross-examination and provide guidance on how witnesses can prepare themselves.  We then put those methods into action by engaging in a live exercise of cross-examination to demonstrate its pros and cons in a trial context


Thursday  7th December, 2:40pm (60min)


Tim McGuigan
Senior Associate, Wynn Williams


Tim is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team at Wynn Williams. He specialises in regulatory and public law litigation, including prosecuting on behalf of Environment Canterbury and Environment Southland. Prior to joining Wynn Williams, Tim spent several years working at the Office of the Auckland Crown Solicitor where he prosecuted on behalf of diverse government agencies, including the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Ministry for Primary Industries


Joshua Shaw 
Partner in the Dispute Resolution team Wynn Williams


Joshua Shaw is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team at Wynn Williams.  He specialises in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, including by leading prosecutions on behalf of Environment Southland, Environment Canterbury, Otago Regional Council and the New Zealand Law Society.  Prior to joining Wynn Williams, Joshua was a Partner and Senior Crown prosecutor at the Office of the Auckland Crown Solicitor where he worked for twelve years, leading a number of complex and high profile cases.


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