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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
17 November 2017 No earlier than 21 July 2017
and no later than 11 August 2017
18 August 2017 17 October 2017
9 February 2018 No earlier than 9 October 2017
and no later than 23 October 2017
23 October 2017 9 January 2018
18 May 2018 No earlier than 22 January 2018
and no later than 5 February 2018
5 February 2018 18 April 2018
24 August 2018 No earlier than 16 April 2018
and no later than 30 April 2018
30 April 2018 24 July 2018
16 November 2018 No earlier than 20 July 2018
and no later than 10 August 2018
10 August 2018 16 October 2018

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
27 October 2017 No earlier than 23 June 2017
and no later than 14 July 2017
28 July 2017 27 September 2017
1 December 2017 No earlier than 28 July 2017
and no later than 18 August 2017
1 September 2017 1 November 2017
16 February 2018 No earlier than 20 October 2017
and no later than 3 Nov 2017
24 November 2017 16 January 2018
27 April 2018 No earlier than 5 January 2018
and no later than 19 Jan 2018
9 February 2018 27 March 2018
22 June 2018 No earlier than 23 February
and no later than 9 March 2018
23 March 2018 22 May 2018
24 August 2018 No earlier than 27 April 2018
and no later than 11 May 2018
25 May 2018 24 July 2018
26 October 2018 No earlier than 29 June 2018
and no later than 13 July 2018
27 July 2018 26 September 2018
7 December 2018 No earlier than 3 August 2018
and no later than 17 August 2018
31 August 2018 7 November 2018

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

1 December 2017 Applications for Certificates of Character for admission on this date closed on 31 August 2017   1 November 2017

9 March 2018

No earlier than 23 October 2017
and no later than 17 November 2017

1 December 2017

9 February 2018

8 June 2018

No earlier than 12 February 2018
and no later than 9 March 2018

23 March 2018

11 May 2018

7 September 2018

No earlier than 14 May 2018
and no later than 8 June 2018

22 June 2018

10 August 2018

7 December 2018

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

21 September 2018

9 November 2018


Wellington candidate information meetings
are held approximately two weeks before applications open. Please see the information for applicants applying to the Wellington branch for a Certificate of Character.

Please choose an admission date for full timetable and instructions on how to register for the appropriate meeting:


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
8 December 2017 No earlier than 14 July 2017
no later than 25 August 2017 
8 September 2017 8 November 2017
14 March 2018
(NB: previously 16 March)
No earlier than 6 November 2017
no later than 8 December 2017 
22 December 2017 16 February 2018
15 June 2018 No earlier than 19 February 2018
no later than 23 March 2018 
13 April 2018 15 May 2018
14 September 2018 No earlier than 28 May 2018
no later than 29 June 2018 
13 July 2018 14 August 2018
14 December 2018 No earlier than 27 August 2018
no later than 28 September 2018 
12 October 2018 14 November 2018


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

Last updated on the 4th December 2017