Important Information for Admission Applicants
An application for admission must be filed no later than 21 days before the admission day. A list of admission days can be found here.
Late applications will not be accepted. If you are sending your application by post it must be received by COB on the final date for lodging documents.
Applicants whose documents are received after the final date will be offered a choice of having their documents returned or having the application listed in the next admission ceremony.
Admission ceremonies are organised in the order that applications are received. If you have a preference for an early ceremony, you should file your application well before the final date for lodging documents. If you wish to be in the same ceremony as a friend or colleague, you should file your applications at the same time.
Filing your application
If posting your documents, you must include a cheque or money order for the filing fee made out to – Registrar ACT Supreme Court, or if you wish to pay by credit card, include your credit card details and a contact phone number.
Legislation governing admission and admission documents
- Originating application for admission as a lawyer – form 3.46
- Applicant’s affidavit – see example of completed applicant’s affidavit
- 3 affidavits of character – see example of completed character affidavit
An original set of documents plus 1 copy must be filed. The originating application and each affidavit should be individually stapled. Copy documents do not need to be individually stapled or certified and can be stapled as one document.
Documents filed in support of an admission application that do not comply with the Court Procedure Rules 2006 will be requisitioned which usually means that new affidavits need to be prepared. This is an additional burden for the applicant, and for others if the error is in an affidavit of character so please ensure that all documents comply with the rules.
Originating application for admission as a lawyer
The date on which the affidavit is sworn or affirmed must be consistent throughout. For example, if an affidavit has annexures, the date in the affidavit and the annexure statement must be the same.
Address for service details must be in the footer of the first page of an affidavit. Affidavits with address for service details in the body of the document will be requisitioned.
Witnessing an affidavits
An affidavit taken in another jurisdiction can be taken before a person who is authorised to take an affidavit in that jurisdiction. Applicants should refer to the relevant legislation in their state or territory.
An Australian diplomatic or consular representative is also entitled to take an affidavit in the country in which they are situated - Oaths and Affirmations Act 1984s.11 (c)(ii).
If the name on your testamur or academic transcript is different to the name in your originating application, you should include a paragraph in your affidavit explaining the difference. You should also annex to your affidavit any certificates supporting a change of name, such as a marriage certificate. The applicant’s name should be consistent throughout all documents – originating application, applicant’s affidavit and character affidavits.
It is advisable to provide character affidavits from people who know you in a variety of circumstances, rather that providing all character affidavits from people who know you in the same circumstances such as work colleagues or university friends. It is not advisable to provide character affidavits from family members or partners. You will be required to file an additional character affidavit if these guidelines are not observed.
Rule 3608(5)(c) requires a person providing a character affidavit to disclose whether there is or has been a business or professional relationship between the person and the applicant, and if so, the nature of the relationship. The relationship between the applicant and a work colleague, past or present, should be considered a professional relationship and should be acknowledged as such in an affidavit of character.
Progress of application
It is in the applicant’s interest to ensure that they include in their application a telephone number where they can be contacted during business hours and an email address. All applicants should contact the Secretary by phone or email no later than 5 days before the admission day to find out which admission ceremony they are in and to advise the name of the person who will be moving their admission.
- A local lawyer - a person whose name is on the ACT Supreme Court roll, whether or not they hold a practicing certificate.
- An Australian Legal Practitioner (Legal Profession Act 2006 s.8, s.34) - a person who holds a practicing certificate in the ACT or another state or territory.
- If you don’t know a person who is eligible to move your admission, contact the Young Lawyers Committee of the ACT Law Society. The Young Lawyers Committee also offers support to newly admitted lawyers along with opportunities for both social and professional development.
Ordinarily the Court does not set a limit for the number of guests that an applicant can invite to an admission ceremony. Due to the impact of COVID 19 and the requirement for physical distancing to be maintained, the number of guests for admission ceremonies are currently limited at 2 guests plus moving counsel per admittee.
Admission ceremony program
Applicants, accompanied by moving counsel, will be called and seated in the courtroom.
Guests are seated.