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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
16 November 2018 No earlier than 20 July 2018
and no later than 10 August 2018
10 August 2018 16 October 2018
15 March 2019 No earlier than 26 November 2018
and no later than 16 December 2018
31 January 2019 15 February 2019
31 May 2019 No earlier than 15 February 2019
and no later than 1 March 2019
11 April 2019 30 April 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
7 December 2018 No earlier than 3 August 2018
and no later than 17 August 2018
31 August 2018 7 November 2018
1 March 2019 No later than 9 November 2018 30 November 20181 February 2019
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
6 December 2019 No earlier than 29 July 2019
and no later than 16 August 2019
30 August 20196 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

7 December 2018

No earlier than 13 August 2018
and no later than 7 September 2018

21 September 2018

9 November 2018
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:

  • Wednesday 1 August 2018 – for 7 December 2018 admission
  • Wednesday 10 October 2018 – for 22 March 2019 admission
  • 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 day for Referee
Reports to arrive
at the branch
Last day to file
Court documents
14 December 2018 No earlier than 27 August 2018
no later than 28 September 2018 
12 October 2018 14 November 2018
15 March 2019 No earlier than 1 November 2018
no later than 30 November 2018
Friday 14 December 2018 15 February 2019
21 June 2019 Date to be advised Date to be advised 21 May 2019
27 September 2019 Date to be advised Date to be advised 27 August 2019
13 December 2019 Date to be advised Date to be advised 13 November 2019


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

Last updated on the 26th October 2018