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Admission of New Zealand practitioners

What are the relevant legislative provisions?

The relevant act is the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (Cth).Part 65C(4) of the Supreme Court Rules 1970 also governs these applications.

How much does it cost to file an application at the Supreme Court?

A filing fee of AU$350 is payable. The Supreme Court's accepted methods of payments are detailed on the Fees page.

How does the Court handle these applications and where can I find sample forms?

Practice Note SC Gen 8 sets out the Court's expectations and processes, and also includes a template for the format of the Notice and supporting documents.

What are the specific requirements for each supporting document I need to lodge with my application?

The Notice

You must attach a certificate from the High Court of New Zealand to your Notice. Please note that a Certificate from a Law Society is not sufficient. You should bear in mind that the certificate's date of issue must be within 28 days of the date you file your Notice ( Part 65C 4 (2)(f)(iii) )

The Notice needs to be lodged at the Supreme Court of NSW (in person or by post) and should be dated no more than 14 days before it is filed ( Pt 65C 4 (2)(e)).

You must serve the Notice on the Law Society of NSW, NSW Bar Association and Legal Profession Admission Board either on or before the date you file your Notice with the Court, or within 14 days of filing ( Pt 65C 4 (3)).

You, the applicant, must personally sign every page of the Notice. You also need to ask the person before whom you swore your Statutory Declaration to sign each page of the Notice.

Affidavit of Service

Under Part 65C 4(3), you must ask the person who served the documents on the Law Society of NSW, NSW Bar Association and Legal Profession Admission Board to prepare an affidavit of service. The Affidavit must be filed within 14 days of filing the Notice.

Statutory Declaration

The Declaration must be sworn before a person with the legal authority to receive a statutory declaration in either New South Wales or New Zealand, depending on where the document is sworn. If you are completing the declaration in New South Wales, it can be sworn by any solicitor. If you are completing the Declaration in NZ, it is usually sworn before the Registrar of the High Court.

Oath of Office

The provisions are set in Part 65C 4(4) of Supreme Court Rules.

In short, prior to or within 14 days after filing the Notice with the Court, you must attend the Registry of the Supreme Court of NSW to execute the Oath of Office and have the certificate completed. The Oath can by taken before the Duty Registrar who is located in the Court's civil registry on Level 5. You can find details of the registry's location on this page. You do not need to make an appointment to see the Duty Registrar, but you will need to take a ticket from the Queuematic machine when you arrive.

If you are executing your oath in New Zealand, you need to attend before a person authorised under New Zealand law to take Oaths. The Oath and accompanying Certificate is usually taken before a Registrar of High Court of New Zealand. They must be completed and filed when executed, or within 14 days.

Approximately how long will the Court take to process my application?

Assuming your application and accompanying documentation is correctly prepared, the Supreme Court will issue you with a sealed certificate of admission in New South Wales within 5-10 working days.

What if I require further procedural guidance?

If you have any further queries, you can email them to the Supreme Court. Please include the subject line "Trans Tasman admission enquiry: Attn: Duty Registrar".

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