A practising certificate certifies that the holder is a fit and proper person to practice law and allows them to describe themselves as 'a lawyer'. It is an offence for someone without a current practising certificate to describe themselves as a lawyer.
You are eligible to hold a practising certificate if:
You should ensure you are aware of the rules governing your particular mode of practice.
In May each year the Law Society will contact you regarding renewing your practising certificate (whether you are in New Zealand or overseas) if it holds a current email address for you.
You can then renew your practising certificate by completing the fit and proper declaration online using your user ID and password and by paying the fee.
Any queries about the register and the renewal process should be directed to the Law Society Registry.