New Zealand Law Society - Admission dates

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 Date: 16 October 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 22 June 2020 and no later than 10 July 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 10 July 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 16 September 2020

Admission Date: 27 November 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 24 August 2020 and no later than 11 September 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 11 September 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 27 October 2020

Admission Date: 12 March 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 16 November 2020 and no later than 4 December 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 4 December 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 12 February 2021

Admission Date: 28 May 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than  1 February 2021 and no later than 19 February 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 19 February 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 28 April 2021

Admission Date: 20 August 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 26 April 2021 and no later than 15 May 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 
15 May 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 
20 July 2021

Admission Date: 22 October 2021

Due to High Court’s capacity restrictions, a back-up date of 21 October 2021 is tentatively in place

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 28 June 2021 and no later than 16 July 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 16 July 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 22 September 2021

Admission Date: 26 November 2021

Due to High Court’s capacity restrictions, a back-up date of 25 November 2021 is tentatively in place

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 2 August 2021 and no later than 26 August 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 26 August 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 26 October 2021

Hamilton Admissions

Admission Date: 9 October 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 22 June 2020 and no later than 3 July 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 17 July 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 9 September 2020

Admission Date: 27 November 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 10 August 2020 and no later than 21 August 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 4 September 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 27 October 2020

Admission Date: 26 February 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No later than 20 November 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 4 December 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 26 January 2021

Admission Date: 28 April 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 11 January 2021 and no later than 22 January 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 5 February 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 28 March 2021

Admission Date: 16 July 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 29 March 2021 and no later than 9 April 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 23 April 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 16 June 2021

Admission Date: 1 October 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 14 June 2021 and no later than 25 June 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 9 July 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 1 September 2021

Admission Date: 3 December 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 16 August 2021 and no later than 27 August 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 10 September 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 3 November 2021

Whanganui Admissions

Admission Date: Thursday 22 July 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 25 March 2021 and no later than 22 April 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 22 April 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 24 June 2021

Admission Date: Thursday, 28 October 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 1 July 2021 and no later than 29 July 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 29 July 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 30 September 2021

Palmerston North Admissions

Admission Date: Monday, 5 July 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 8 March 2021 and no later than 5 April 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 5 April 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: Monday, 7 June 2021

Admission Date: Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 30 June 2021 and no later than 28 July 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 28 July 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 29 September 2021

Wellington Admissions

Admission Date: 18 September 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 25 May 2020 and no later than 19 June 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 19 June 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 21 August 2020

Admission Date: 11 December 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 17 August 2020 and no later than 11 September 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 11 September 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 13 November 2020

Admission date: 19 March 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 20 November 2020 and no later than 18 December 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 18 December 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 19 February 2021

Admission date: 18 June 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 19 February 2021 and no later than 19 March 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 19 March 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 21 May 2021

Admission date: 17 September 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 21 May 2021 and no later than 18 June 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 18 June 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 20 August 2021

Admission date: 10 December 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 13 August 2021 and no later than 10 September 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 10 September 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: Friday, 12 November 2021

Please see the information for applicants applying to the Wellington branch for a Certificate of Character.

Christchurch Admissions

Admission Date: 11 December 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 17 August 2020 and no later than 18 September 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 2 October 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 11 November 2020

Admission Date: 19 March 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 9 November 2020 and no later than 4 December 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 18 December 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 19 February 2021

Admission Date: 29 April 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 11 January 2021 and no later than 29 January 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 12 February 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 29 March 2021

Admission Date:  2 July 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 8 March 2021 and no later than 1 April 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 16 April 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 2 June 2021

Admission Date:  17 September 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 17 May 2021 and no later than 18 June 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 2 July 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 17 August 2021

Admission Date: 10 December 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 16 August 2021 and no later than 17 September 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 1 October 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 10 November 2021

Please see the information for applicants applying to the Canterbury Westland branch for a Certificate of Character 

and the information to assist with filing court documents from the Christchurch High Court.

Dunedin Admissions

Admission Date: 22 September 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 26 June 2020 and no later than 24 July 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 7 August 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 21 August 2020

Admission Date: 17 November 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 21 August 2020 and no later than 18 September 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 2 October 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 16 October 2020

Admission Date: 2 March 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 9 November 2020 and no later than 11 December 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 18 December 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 2 February 2021

Admission Date: 29 June 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 26 March 2021 and no later than 23 April 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 7 May 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 28 May 2021

Admission Date: 24 August 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 21 May 2021 and no later than 18 June 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 9 July 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 23 July 2021

Admission Date: 19 October 2021

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 16 July 2021 and no later than 13 August 2021
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 27 August 2021
Last date to file documents at High Court: 17 September 2021

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