Belinda Sellers

Contact Belinda Sellars

(09) 304 1625
021 855 535
belinda@22lorne.co.nz

Belinda Sellars

Belinda has been a litigator for 20 years and has been practising as a barrister sole since 2009.

Belinda’s practice largely consists of criminal defence work. She is also experienced in health & safety, competition law and fair trading litigation as well as Parole Board applications. She appears in a full range of criminal matters (both summary and indictable) in the various primary and appellate courts in New Zealand. Belinda has also been admitted to the Bar in Samoa and has appeared in that jurisdiction.

Belinda has been involved in a wide variety of significant criminal proceedings, including:

  • a successful application for the Prerogative of Mercy that resulted in convictions being quashed by the Court of Appeal
  • trials involving allegations of homicide & serious assault, sexual violation & indecent assault, drug dealing, drug manufacture & money laundering, child abuse and fraud
  • matters involving mental health issues
  • criminal matters involving traffic and dishonesty offences
  • applications for discharge without conviction

Belinda speaks conversational French and often assists French speaking clients.

Belinda is legal aid approved for all categories in criminal proceedings, including matters in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Qualifications

University of Auckland: BA (1994) and LLB (Honours) (1995)
Admitted to the Bar: 1994

Professional History

1993: Law Clerk, Brezillon, Edinger & Associes (Barristers), Paris, France
1994 – 1996: Junior Barrister, Michael Harte Barrister
1996 – 2002: Senior solicitor/Solicitor, Russell McVeagh
2004 – 2009: Senior Lawyer, Public Defence Service, Auckland
2009 – present: Barrister sole

Affiliations

Current member: New Zealand Law Society
Current member: Auckland District Law Society
Current member: New Zealand Bar Association
Current member: Criminal Bar Association (sitting on Executive Committee)
Current member: Auckland Women Lawyers Association