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Information others must supply on your behalf

Some documents and information in support of your Certificate of Character must be provided directly to the Law Society on your behalf by others.

Documents supplied must be originals and copies will not be accepted.

References

  • Refer to the notes attached to the application form for the required number of references, which will vary according to circumstances.
  • Ask your chosen referees to complete the referee report and send this to the Law Society branch where you intend making application.
  • If you have answered 'Yes' to any of the fit and proper questions, your referees will need to comment with reference to the question.
  • Tell your referees the final date for handing references to the branch.
  • Only reference forms completed by the referees within the past three months will be considered.

Note: the Law Society will not accept references provided direct by an applicant.

Certificate/s of standing from an overseas regulatory authority

If you have been admitted and practised overseas you must arrange for the relevant overseas regulatory authorities to forward a current (less than three months) certificate/s of standing directly to the relevant branch office.

Certificate/s of standing from another regulated profession

(ie, doctor, teacher, financial advisor, immigration advisor, etc)

If you have ever held a licence or practising certificate (or equivalent) in another regulated profession, you must arrange for the relevant regulatory authority to forward a current (less than three months) certificate/s of standing directly to the appropriate Law Society branch office.

Detail of criminal convictions

You will be required to complete the relevant sections of the Ministry of Justice form Request for criminal conviction history by a third party. Your referees should be made aware of any convictions.

The partially completed form should be provided to the Law Society branch where you intend making application. Branch staff will complete the third party details and send it to the Ministry with a request that they provide the information directly to the New Zealand Law Society as soon as possible.

Note: Please provide the form (along with your application for a certificate of character) to the branch at least 16 weeks before the proposed admission ceremony. Check the admissions timeline.

Information from the Official Assignee

If you have ever been adjudged bankrupt you must ask the Official Assignee to provide an original of the bankruptcy notice and a Discharge of Bankruptcy (if applicable) directly to the Law Society branch where you are making application.

Information from the law schools and the professional training institutes

The Law Society branch will make inquiries from the Dean of the law school from which you obtained your law degree, as well as the Director of the professional training institute from which you completed the PLS course.

If you have lived in a country other than New Zealand for more than one year since you turned 18 (other than on a University exchange arranged through a NZ University) you will need to arrange for an equivalent report to be sent direct to the Law Society from that country.

Last updated on the 12th September 2017