To apply for a practising certificate you must:
Applications and related documentation such as references will only be accepted if dated within three months of the date the practising certificate is required.
If more than two years have passed since your admission to the High Court of New Zealand or the expiry of your last New Zealand practising certificate (whichever is more recent) you must provide references. Referee requirements are set out in the application form.
On receipt of an application, the Law Society must consider whether there are grounds for declining or refusing to issue a practising certificate. To do this, the Law Society may ask you to provide further information and make whatever inquiries it considers relevant.
If you have been admitted in New Zealand recently as a barrister and solicitor and you have provided all of the required information and documents, processing your application is likely to be straightforward.
Processing may take longer if:
The Law Society may decline your application or refuse to issue a practising certificate if it believes there may be reasonable grounds for doing so. If that is the case, the Law Society will:
If you have been refused a practising certificate by the Law Society, you will have a right of appeal to the Disciplinary Tribunal.
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