Admissions in 2021

Issued: 26 November 2020

We are pleased to announce the Supreme Court is planning to re-start admission ceremonies from 11 February 2021. Online bookings will open on Monday 14 December 2020.

Please read the details below before contacting us with any questions.

When will ceremonies be held?

  • Ceremonies will be held weekly instead of monthly, to meet the demand from admittees for places.
  • Up to 6 ceremonies will be held each week in Sydney on an ongoing basis.
  • Ceremony days will be every Thursday from 11 February 2021 as well as many Fridays.
  • Ceremony start times will be 9:00am, 1:30pm and 4:30pm only.
  • Weekly ceremonies are necessary because there will be a maximum of 16 places for admittees at each ceremony, to ensure compliance with physical distancing rules.

When can I book?

  • Bookings for 2021 ceremonies will open at 9:00am on Monday 14 December 2020.
  • To ensure each ceremony is fully subscribed, ceremonies will be published progressively, in response to demand from admittees for places.

What if I have booked a remote admission for 11 December 2020?

  • Admittees who are booked to be admitted on 11 December 2020 may choose between either:
    1. being admitted remotely on that date, or
    2. cancelling the remote admission booking, and changing to be admitted at a ceremony in-person in 2021.
  • If you still want to be admitted remotely on 11 December 2020 and you already have a booking for that date, you only need to follow the instructions previously sent to you for returning a completed Oath or Affirmation of Office form on or before 4 December 2020.
  • If you want to change to be admitted at a ceremony in-person in 2021, you need to email a request to lpab-admission@justice.nsw.gov.au. Once you receive email confirmation of the cancellation, you may then use the online portal after 9:00am on 14 December 2020 to book a ceremony admission on the available date and time of your choice.
  • There  is no charge for cancelling a remote admission and changing to a 2021 ceremony. However, once you have booked a 2021 ceremony, the usual fee of $95 will apply if you want to make a further change to the ceremony date and time.

How many guests can I bring?

  • To ensure compliance with physical distancing rules only 2 guests will be permitted for each admittee (including the admittee's mover, if the admittee chooses to arrange their own mover).
  • Admittees and their 2 guests will be allocated specific seats in the Court Room, and must sit in those allocated seats.
  • The limit on the number of guests is necessary due to NSW laws currently in force which limit the number of people inside an indoor venue based on the floorspace of that venue. For that reason, the guest limit will be strictly enforced. Only the first 2 guests to arrive for each admittee will be permitted to enter the Court Room. Any additional guests arriving after that will be refused entry. Covid marshalls will be in place to ensure guest limits are not exceeded.
  • To avoid the disappointment of refused entry, please do not attempt to exceed the guest limit. Every ceremony will be live streamed to ensure that all family and friends can watch (see below for details).
  • There will not be any vantage point or waiting area within the Law Courts Building in which family and friends can watch or wait during the ceremony. If you are accompanied on the day by more than 2 guests, your other guests will need to wait outside the Law Courts Building.

Can family and friends watch online?

  • Yes. Each ceremony will be live streamed so that anyone with a web connection can remotely watch live video of the ceremony as it takes place.
  • The web link for the live stream will be available closer to the dates of the ceremonies.

Do I need to arrange a mover?

  • No. You do not need to arrange a mover (a mover is a legal practitioner who 'moves' your admission as a lawyer in Court). However you may choose to arrange a mover if you wish.
  • If you choose  not to arrange a mover, a Court representative will move your admission in Court.
  • If you do choose to arrange for a specific legal practitioner to move your admission (for example a relative or friend), then you should:
    1. check that the mover holds a current practising certificate as a solicitor or barrister in Australia
    2. enter the name of the mover when you book your ceremony in the online portal, and
    3. note that, aside from your mover, you will be permitted only 1 other guest.

At what venue will ceremonies be held?

  • Ceremonies will be held in the usual Sydney venue: the Banco Court Room on Level 13 of the Law Courts Building at Queens Square (between Phillip and Macquarie Streets), Sydney NSW 2000.
  • Instructions for entering the Law Courts Building and the Banco Court Room in compliance with physical distancing rules will be issued closer to the ceremony dates.
  • Details about ceremonies in Newcastle in February 2021 are not yet available, but will be released within the coming weeks.

Will it be compulsory to attend a ceremony in-person in 2021?

  • No, until further notice it will not be compulsory to attend a ceremony in-person in order to formalise your admission as a lawyer.
  • From February 2021 you may elect to be admitted either:
    • at a ceremony or
    • 'on the papers' (ie through the remote admission process that was introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic).
  • To elect to be admitted at a ceremony, you simply need to use the online Admission Portal to book the available date and time of your choice.
  • To elect to be admitted through the remote admission process, for the time being you will need to notify the Office of the LPAB by sending an email to lpab-admission@justice.nsw.gov.au with your full name and your admission application number (eg ADM- 123456). At present you are not able to book a remote admission yourself through the online Admission Portal.
  • Remote admissions will be held only once per month. Remote admittees will be required to follow instructions for returning a completed Oath or Affirmation of Office form no later than 7 calendar days before the date of remote admission.

Are admission ceremonies guaranteed to be held throughout 2021?

  • No, ceremonies cannot be guaranteed.
  • It may be necessary to cancel ceremonies if there is a change in NSW Government health advice about the COVID-19 pandemic and/or a change to NSW laws that regulate physcial distancing.
  • Aside from such a change, the Court intends to maintain ceremonies in the above-described format for as long as that is permissible, and for as long as it is necessary.

If, after reading the above information in full, you have a question please phone (02) 9338 3500 during business hours or email lpab-admission@justice.nsw.gov.au.