Admission Ceremony Information

Admission Ceremony Information

CHANGES TO ADMISSION CEREMONIES

Australian Capital Territory

The Legal Practitioner admission ceremony on 17 April 2020 will be postponed. The Supreme Court will endeavour to progress these matters on 19 June 2020.

For the most up to date information, please visit The Supreme Court website.

New South Wales

Due to the current pandemic the staff of the Office of the Legal Profession Admission Board are working from home. Before posting your finalised application and documents, please send a scanned copy of all documents to lpab@justice.nsw.gov.au and await further instructions.

A decision has not been made about whether the admission ceremony scheduled for 15 May 2020 will proceed.

For the most up to date information, please visit the LPAB website.

Northern Territory

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the admission ceremony scheduled to be held in the Supreme Court on 5 May 2020 has been cancelled.

Despite the need to cancel the ceremony, applications for admission to legal practice in the Northern Territory will continue to be processed and heard by the Court on an individual basis to ensure that a candidate's entry to the profession is not delayed. Applications for admission will be heard separately and before a single Judge, rather than collectively before the Full Court as is ordinarily the case. If a candidate wishes to defer proceedings until travel restrictions have been lifted to allow friends and family from interstate to attend that will be accommodated.

For the most up to date information, please visit The Supreme Court website.

Queensland

Brisbane On the date of each admission sittings, the Court of Appeal will make an order for the conditional admission of applicants for admission at that sittings who have received recommendations from the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board which do not raise any matter for consideration by the Court. The conditions of that admission will be that within 21 days of the making of the order, the applicant take the following steps, in the order set out:

  • the applicant take oaths, or make affirmations, of allegiance and office in the form prescribed by Rule 18 (see Annexures “A” and “B”) before a lawyer admitted to the legal profession in Queensland;
  • the applicant file in the registry of the Supreme Court a certificate in the form of Annexure “C” to this Practice Direction under the hand of the lawyer who administered the oaths or affirmations;
  • the applicant sign the roll of practitioners of the Supreme Court, attending to do so by appointment with the Registrar, which may be arranged by email to courtinfo@justice.qld.gov.au.

Upon the applicant’s signing the roll, the applicant’s admission to the legal profession will become unconditional, with effect from the date of the admission sittings at which the order for conditional admission was made.

View the new admission requirements for Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns. 

For the most up to date information, please visit The Supreme Court website.

South Australia

The Court has determined that during the restrictions in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, admission ceremonies will not be held.

This does not mean that applicants will not be admitted.

  1. Following the application for admission, upon receiving a favorable report the Board of Examiners will provide the Report of the Board of Examiners to the Supreme Court.

  2. On the Local Admission Hearing date the Supreme Court will order that you be admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia in absentia. You will be sent an email from the Supreme Court with your Board of Examiners Report and the current Procedure for Admissions.

  3. Upon the order being made by the Supreme Court (after the Local Admission Hearing date) you will be sent an email from the Society with the following;

  • Supplementary Roll of Practitioners sheet.
  • Text of the oath or affirmation of admission.
  • Affidavit template.

  1. Following receipt of the above documents your will then need to attend to the following in order to finalise your admission and enrolment:

  • Within 7 days after the making of the order attend before a lawyer admitted in Australia and of at least 5 years standing to take the oath or affirmation of admission, sign the Supplementary Roll sheet, and swear or affirm the affidavit deposing to the taking of the oath or affirmation of admission.

  • Within 7 days after the completing of step 1 file the affidavit and signed Supplementary Roll sheet by email to the Supreme Court. Please note that you will not be admitted and enrolled and cannot be issued with a practising certificate until you have filed the documents referred to in step 2 above.


If you are have difficulty finding a lawyer who can attend to the matters referred to in step 1 above please send an email to ethicsandpractice@lawsocietysa.asn.au. The Society will do its best to assist with those arrangements.

For the most up to date information, please click visit The Law Society website.

Tasmania

There is no indication that admission ceremonies will not take place.

There are no jury trials for the next 4 months.

For the most up to date information, please visit The Supreme Court website.

Victoria

The Supreme Court of Victoria has indefinitely suspended all admission ceremonies to the Australian legal profession for the foreseeable future.

In light of this, the Court and VLAB have developed a new process for admitting lawyers to practise ‘on the papers’.

VLAB will contact individual applicants who have been granted a compliance certificate about the new process.

This precautionary decision has been made after consideration of the latest expert health and government advice and recognises that members of the community may hold concerns about attending Court in large groups.

VLAB will issue further information to future lawyers at a later date.

For the most up to date information, please visit The Supreme Court website.

Western Australia

Admission ceremonies on 5 June and 3 July 2020 have been deferred.

The Supreme Court of Western Australia will consider urgent applications for admission on a case by case basis. 

It is expected that, subject to final confirmation, formal admission ceremonies will resume of 7 August 2020.

For more information, please visit The Supreme Court website.