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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
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
20 March 2020No earlier than 18 November 2019
  and no later than 6 December 2019
6 December 202020 February 2020
15 May 2020No earlier than 27 January 2020
and no later than 14 February 2020
14 February 202015 April 2020
31 July 2020No earlier than 20 April 2020
and no later than 8 May 2020
8 May 202030 June 2020
16 October 2020No earlier than 22 June 2020
and no later than 10 July 2020
10 July 202016 September 2020
27 November 2020No earlier than 24 August 2020
and no later than 11 September 2020
11 September 202027 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
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

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 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
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
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 13th September 2019