This note is not part of the rules, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These rules, which come into force on 1 August 1987, re-enact, with some modifications, the rules of Court relating to the admission of barristers and solicitors of the High Court. They are substantially similar to the previous rules, but are adapted to conform to the new Law Practitioners Act 1982.
Three changes should be noted.
The first is that an application for admission is to be made by originating application.
The second relates to evidence that the candidate is of good character and a fit and proper person to be admitted as a barrister and solicitor. The 1957 rules and these rules require such evidence to include a certificate from the District Law Society stating, among other things, that the Council of that society is satisfied that the applicant is a person of good character and that the society does not know of any objection to the application for admission being granted. The difference is that rule 6(2) of these rules allows a reserve jurisdiction to the Court. It provides that the evidence must include the certificate unless the Judge otherwise directs.
The third relates to candidates for admission under section 44(1)(a) of the Act. Every such candidate is required to have passed or to have been credited with passing the prescribed examination in general knowledge and law and to have all the other qualifications (if any) prescribed by the Council of Legal Education. The candidate is required to produce a certificate that the candidate has passed or has been credited with passing the prescribed examination. Rule 8 is new. It provides that where other qualifications have been prescribed in relation to such candidates, the candidate must, in addition, produce to the Judge a certificate that the candidate has the other qualifications. The 2 certificates may be combined.