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The admission and enrolment of barristers and solicitors in New Zealand is governed by Part 3 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 (LCA) and the Admission Rules made under the Act.
To practise as or to call yourself a New Zealand lawyer you must:
People without current practising certificates cannot describe themselves as lawyers under the LCA. See enrolled practitioners without practising certificates for more information.
If you are qualified under s49(2) of (3) LCA, you must:
An application for admission must be filed in the High Court and include:
Where a group admission hearing is scheduled, the application must be filed at least one month before that date, unless the Registrar allows it to be filed late.
The affidavit in support (LA 2) must have the following attached:
If you wish to hold a practising certificate in the future, you should seek to have the order for admission sealed and retain a copy. If you require a copy to be returned to you then you must file in duplicate. Please use the form LA 5 for that purpose.
If you are qualified under s49(4) (under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997), you must apply directly to the High Court, using the form LA 4.
For further information, refer to the Guidelines for admission under the TTMRA.
If you have an overseas law qualification but are not entitled to practise in another jurisdiction, you must apply to the NZCLE for an assessment of your qualifications.
Once you have been admitted you can apply to the Law Society for a practising certificate.
If you are refused a certificate of completion and/or a certificate of character, you may use the processes set out in Rule 6 of the Admission Rules.
Please note applications for Admission are Civil proceedings in the High Court commenced by way of originating application, and as such all documents filed in the High Court must comply with the High Court Rules 2016. Please check the legislation for any updated amendments.