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Admission dates

Below are the key dates for group admission ceremonies in New Zealand's major centres.

Ceremonies at all other courts are arranged on a one-off basis as required. Contact the High Court or your local Law Society branch for more information

Auckland Admissions

Admission dates Applications to
Auckland branch
for Certificates of Character
Last date for Referee
Reports to arrive
Last date to file
documents at High Court
15 March 2019 No earlier than 26 November 2018
and no later than 16 December 2018
16 December 2018 15 February 2019
31 May 2019 No earlier than 15 February 2019
and no later than 1 March 2019
1 March 2019 30 April 2019
26 July 2019No earlier than 22 April 2019
and no later than 10 May 2019
10 May 201926 June 2019
18 October 2019No earlier than 24 June 2019
and no later than 12 July 2019
12 July 201918 September 2019
29 November 2019No earlier than 26 August 2019
and no later than 13 September 2019
13 September 201929 October 2019

Hamilton Admissions

Admission dates Applications to
Waikato Bay of Plenty branch
for Certificates of Character

Last date for Referee
Reports to arrive

Last date to file
documents at High Court
10 May 2019 No earlier than 7 January 2019
and no later than 18 January 2019
1 February 201910 April 2019
19 July 2019 No earlier than 11 March 2019
and no later than 29 March 2019
12 April 201919 June 2019
13 September 2019 No earlier than 6 May 2019
and no later than 24 May 2019
7 June 201913 August 2019
25 October 2019 No earlier than 17 June 2019
and no later than 5 July 2019
19 July 201925 September 2019
13 December 2019 No earlier than 5 August 2019
and no later than 23 August 2019
6 September 201913 November 2019

Wellington Admissions

Admission dates

Applications to
Wellington branch for
Certificates of Character

Last date for Referee
Reports to arrive

Last date to file
documents at High Court

22 March 2019

No earlier than 24 October 2018
and no later than 21 November 2018

28 November 2018 22 February 2019
14 June 2019

No earlier than 22 February 2019
and no later than 22 March 2019

22 March 2019 17 May 2019
13 September 2019

No earlier than 20 May 2019
and no later than 17 June 2019

17 June 2019 16 August 2019
13 December 2019

No earlier than 19 August 2019
and no later than 16 September 2019

16 September 2019 15 November 2019

Wellington candidate information meetings for each admission ceremony will be held as follows:

  • Thursday 7 February 2019 – for 14 June 2019 admission
  • Tuesday 7 May 2019 – 13 September 2019 admission
  • Thursday 1 August 2019 – for 13 December 2019 admission

In order to book a place at the appropriate meeting please go to the Book When website.

Please see the information for applicants applying to the Wellington branch for a Certificate of Character.


Christchurch Admissions

Admission dates

Applications due to
Canterbury Westland branch
for Certificate of Character

Last date for Referee
Reports to arrive
Last date to file
Court documents
15 March 2019 No earlier than 1 November 2018
no later than 30 November 2018
14 December 2018 15 February 2019
21 June 2019 No earlier than 18 February 2019
no later than 22 March 2019
5 April 2019 21 May 2019
27 September 2019 No earlier than 27 May 2019
no later than 28 June 2019 
12 July 2019 27 August 2019
13 December 2019 No earlier than 26 August 2019
no later than 20 September 2019
11 October 2019 13 November 2019


Information for applicants applying to the Canterbury Westland branch for a Certificate of Character.

Dunedin Admissions

Admission datesApplications due to
Otago branch for
Certificates of Character 
Last date for Referee
Reports to arrive
Last date to file
Court documents 
2 April 2019No earlier than 11 January 2019
No later than 1 February 2019 
15 February 20192 March 2019
30 July 2019No earlier than 3 May 2019
No later than 31 May 2019
14 June 201930 June 2019
24 September 2019No earlier than 28 June 2019
No later than 26 July 2019
9 August 201924 August 2019
17 December 2019No earlier than 20 September 2019
No later than 18 October 2019
1 November 201917 November 2019

Last updated on the 12th March 2019