My legal publications and events are set out here.

Civil Litigation for Non-Lawyers

This plain English guide to civil cases in New Zealand was published by The Legal Drive in 2021. It is [available here].

The book provides information about how to run a civil court case in New Zealand. It includes guidance on how to commence a claim in the District Court and the High Court, including what information is needed for particular documents. There is a detailed section on court costs with tables and examples. It also includes chapters on alternative dispute resolution, employment issues, residential tenancies and disputes tribunals. The book is suited to beginners to civil disputes and procedures. 


Various articles published by in 2015 are available on this website. The content of these has now been revised, updated and included in the 2021 publication Civil Litigation for Non-Lawyers. The 2015 articles are still available [here], although please note that they may now be out of date.


Evidence and Advocacy for Civil and Commercial Litigators – Auckland – 8 June 2021

Receive practical guidance on crafting effective written and oral submissions.

Human Resource Law Management Summit 2021 – Auckland – TBC

Dealing with issues on bullying, harassment and discrimination in the workplace.


15 June 2022 – NZ Herald – Father who sexually, physically abused stepkids jailed

28 April 2021 – Top Reviews – The 6 Best Lawyers in Hamilton

19 April 2021 – Remote Legal – Paperback edition of Civil Litigation for Non-Lawyers

27 February 2021 – Stuff – MSD tenant does $30,000 damage to Whangārei property, disappears

17 February 2021 – NZLS – Martin Dillon: Civil Litigation for Non-Lawyers

10 February 2021 – Practice Source – NZ: Civil Litigation for Non-Lawyers

10 February 2021 – Law Fuel – Collaboration of Barristers Helps Self-Litigants With New Book

28 September 2020 – Courts of New Zealand – Martin Dillon Submission

17 July 2020 – Stuff – Student teacher had sex with teen student at backpackers

4 September 2019 – Stuff – Filthy, unclad kids on the street as glue-sniffing carer wanders off 

19 June 2018 – NZ Herald – Waikato’s wig-wearing bank robber jailed

21 November 2017 – Stuff – Supermarket toilet aisle arsonists sentenced in Hamilton District Court

16 October 2017 – NZ Herald – 600,000 images: Hamilton man’s child porn addiction lands him in jail