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QC applications close on 31 August

28 August 2018

Applications for the 2018 Queen's Counsel appointment round close by 31 August 2018, the Crown Law Office says.

Applications opened on 1 August and barristers wanting to apply are required to write to the Solicitor-General and to include a completed application form.

New Zealand currently has 119 Queen's Counsel in practice. Queen's Counsel appointed since 2000 had an average of 28 years and 5 months in practice before their appointment.

Appointments of Queen’s Counsel are made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General and with the concurrence of the Chief Justice.

The regulations set a fee of $500 for applicants, reflecting the costs of the appointment process.

The Solicitor-General will consult with the New Zealand Law Society and the New Zealand Bar Association regarding the candidates.

It is expected that appointments will be made in November 2018.

Last updated on the 16th September 2019