Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Admission) Rules 2008

5 Application for admission by candidates qualified under section 49(2) or (3) of Act

(1)

A person seeking admission on the grounds of qualification for admission under section 49(2) or (3) of the Act must first—

(a)

apply to the NZCLE for a certificate of completion; and

(b)

apply to the Law Society for a certificate of character.

(2)

The application for admission must be filed in the High Court and include—

(a)

an originating application, made by the counsel who moves the admission of the candidate, in form LA 1; and

(b)

an affidavit in support, sworn by the candidate, in form LA 2 (for candidates qualified under section 49(2) of the Act) or LA 3 (for candidates qualified under section 49(3) of the Act); and

(c)

the required filing fee.

(3)

If the application is to be determined at a hearing in court, the application must be filed at least 1 month before the scheduled hearing, unless the Registrar allows it to be filed late.

(4)

Every affidavit in support must have the following attached:

(a)

a certificate of completion or a copy of the refusal by the NZCLE to issue a certificate of completion; and

(b)

a certificate of character or other response from the Law Society to the candidate’s application for a certificate of character; and

(c)

a copy of the receipt for the admission fee (which is the fee payable to the Law Society for the application for a certificate of character).

(5)

An affidavit in support of the application of a candidate who is qualified under section 49(3) of the Act must also have attached a document, issued by the authority of a foreign country that is responsible for authorising the entry of people in that country to the legal profession, certifying that the candidate has been admitted as a barrister, a solicitor, a barrister and solicitor, an advocate, or an attorney by the superior court of that country.