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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
20 March 2020 No earlier than 18 November 2019
  and no later than 6 December 2019
6 December 2020 20 February 2020
15 May 2020 No earlier than 27 January 2020
and no later than 14 February 2020
14 February 2020 15 April 2020
31 July 2020 No earlier than 20 April 2020
and no later than 8 May 2020
8 May 2020 30 June 2020
16 October 2020 No earlier than 22 June 2020
and no later than 10 July 2020
10 July 2020 16 September 2020
27 November 2020 No earlier than 24 August 2020
and no later than 11 September 2020
11 September 2020 27 October 2020

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
21 February 2020No later than 8 November 201922 November 201921 January 2020
24 April 2020No earlier than 6 January 2020
and no later than 17 January 2020
31 January 202024 March 2020
19 June 2020No earlier than 2 March 2020
and no later than 13 March 2020
27 March 202019 May 2020
14 August 2020No earlier than 24 April 2020
and no later than 8 May 2020
22 May 202014 July 2020
9 October 2020No earlier than 22 June 2020
and no later than 3 July 2020
17 July 20209 September 2020
27 November 2020No earlier than 10 August 2020
And no later than 21 August 2020
4 September 202027 October 2020

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

20 March 2020 No earlier than 11 November 2019
no later than 6 December 2019
6 December 2019 21 February 2020
12 June 2020 No earlier than 17 February 2020
and no later than 13 March 2020
13 March 2020 15 May 2020
18 September 2020 No earlier than 25 May 2020
and no later than 19 June 2020
19 June 2020 21 August 2020
11 December 2020 No earlier than 17 August 2020
and no later than 11 September 2020
11 September 2020 13 November 2020

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

  • Tuesday 29 October 2019 – for 20 March 2020 admission
  • Wednesday 5 February 2020 – for 12 June 2020 admission
  • Monday 11 May 2020 – for 18 September 2020 admission
  • Monday 3 August 2020 – for 11 December 2020 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
20 March 2020 No earlier than 4 November 2019       
no later than  6 December 2019
20 December 201920 February 2020
22 May 2020No earlier than 20 January
no later than  21 February
6 March 202022 April 2020
28 August 2020No earlier than 28 April
No later than  29 May 
12 June 202028 July 2020
30 October 2020No earlier than 29 June
No later than  31 July
14 August 202030 September 2020
11 December 2020No earlier than 17 August
No later than  18 September
2 October 202011 November 2020


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

Dunedin Admissions

Admission dates Applications due to
Otago branch for
Certificates of Character
Last date for Referee
Reports to arrive
Last date to file
Court documents
Tuesday 31 MarchNo earlier than 3 January
No later than 31 January
14 February28 February
Wednesday 3 JuneNo earlier than 6 March
No later than 3 April 
17 April1 May
Tuesday 22 SeptemberNo earlier than 26 June
No later than 24 July
7 August21 August
Tuesday 17 NovemberNo earlier than 21 August
No later than 18 September
2 October16 October

Last updated on the 14th January 2020