UNFITNESS TO STAND TRIAL CONFERENCE. Perils and Portents of Unfitness to Stand Trial: International and Comparative Perspectives

This special two day event will examine issues around unfitness to stand trial.

The Conference, which is co-hosted by the Centre for Non-Adversarial Justice and the Australian and new Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL) is the first of its kind in New Zealand. It is dedicated to the examination of unfitness to stand trial from international and comparative perspectives. It aims to foster an inter-disciplinary and collegial environment in which to discuss and debate theoretical and practical concerns around unfitness to stand trial.

Unfitness to stand trial has become a significant and commonly litigated trial issue in many common law jurisdictions. It involves troubling questions of policy, culture and legislation. The conference will benefit from the wisdom and insights of leading local and international scholars and clinicians familiar with the range of issues around unfitness to plead.

Attendance at the conference will qualify for CPD points.


All bookings can be made by contacting the below:

E:  reservations.gma@millenniumhotels.com
P:  +64 9 366 300
Please quote “Perils and Portents Accommodation” or “BB 3857130”
Millennium Hotels Website

The rate is $245.00 inc GST per night, superior room. Full cooked breakfast option of $25/pp


Day one - 9th October

09:00   Welcome and housekeeping

09:15   Powhiri

09:30   Formal conference opening. Dame Silvia Cartwright

09.45   Opening keynote. Hinemoa Elder

10:45   Morning tea

11:00   Keynote: Professor Richard Bonnie.

12.00   Lunch

13:00   Keynote: Professor Ronnie Mackay

14:00   Afternoon tea

14:30   Panel discussion: Fitness to plead: Confronting the issues

Welcome reception

Day two - 10th October

09:00   Welcome

09:15   Keynote: Professor Ian Freckelton.

10:15   Morning tea

10.30   Keynote:  Dr Jeremey Skipworth

11:30   Keynote: Gerry Ferguson

12.30   Lunch

13.30   Keynote Professor Bernadette McSherry

14.30   Afternoon tea

15.00   Panel – Setting the Reform Agenda

16:00  Closing remarks and karakia

Conference dinner

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With thanks to our conference partners

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