Our Work


Achieving excellence

DLANZ is committed to keeping members informed about developments in criminal law and to ensure that defence lawyers share knowledge and experience for the benefit of all who practice criminal defence and for the people we represent.


  • Specialised defence-centric training;

  • Developments in criminal law, policy, practice and related areas

  • Professional development, training, seminars

  • Learning resources and materials

  • Newsletters

  • Email alerts

  • Social media postings

  • Networking- sharing experiences

  • Expert database


Helping to fix a broken criminal justice system

DLANZ advocates for reform where it is needed to improve the criminal justice system. A criminal justice system must be, before all things, truly fair for accused persons.

DLANZ harnesses the unique experiences and perspectives of its members to identify and encourage necessary criminal justice reform.


Current issues include: systemic racism, over-incarceration, access to justice, and excessive and unconstitutional exercise of power by state agents within the criminal justice system.



By our members and for our members

DLANZ is committed to a strong unified criminal defence bar. DLANZ is focused on advocacy by our members and for our members.


Criminal defence lawyers are integral to a functioning democratic society and a robust and fair criminal justice system. They work to protect fundamental rights for all New Zealander's, and ensure complinance with the rule of law.


DLANZ advocates for criminal defence lawyers nationwide, and the issues faced by those in the criminal justice system. Criminal defence lawyers have a unique insight into issues of significant constitutional importance. DLANZ is committed to strengthening and supporting its members at the criminal defence bar and shining a light on important matters.



Providing encouragement and motivation to continue fighting the good fight

Criminal defence work is tough. DLANZ provides members with support and inspiration.