Supreme Court of Western Australia


Those wishing to practice law in Western Australia must meet the educational and practice requirements set by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia. This process is referred to as being “admitted” to the legal profession and involves a hearing before the Supreme Court.

The Legal Practice Board of Western Australia has statutory responsibility for the admission of all lawyers in Western Australia. The Legal Practice Board website contains information about the process for admission. However, the basic protocol is outlined below.

Protocol for Admissions

For Admission, you are required to provide your full name, date of birth and residential address.

You must file two copies of the ‘Originating motion for Admission’ (rule 11 Legal Profession Rules 2009). The second copy of the motion paper will be returned to you duly endorsed by the Court for service on the Legal Practice Board (rule 11 (2) 9(b) Legal Professions Rules 2009).

Please read the FAQs and the originating motion for Admission.

You must file your motion paper at least 2 months before your proposed date for admission (see O 75A Rules of the Supreme Court 1971 (WA)) at the Supreme Court Registry on level 11, David Malcolm Justice Centre, 28 Barrack Street and pay a filing fee. If you cannot attend in person you may file your Originating Motion for Admission application by facsimile or post (refer to Practice Directions 1.2.2 and 1.2.3 for the Court's requirements in relation to presenting documents for filing), subject to the filing fee is paid on time. The following tables set out the admission and filing dates for 2019:

Admission and Filing Dates for 2019

Admission DayAdmission DateMotion Paper Filed by
Friday 1 February 2019 30 November 2018
Friday 1 March 2019 31 December 2019
Friday 5 April 2019 4 February 2019
Friday 3 May 2019 5 March 2019
Friday 7 June 2019 8 April 2019
Friday 5 July 2019 6 May 2019
Friday 2 August 2019 4 June 2019
Tuesday 3 September 2019 2 July 2019
Tuesday 1 October 2019 31 July 2019
Monday 4 November 2019 3 September 2019
Friday 13 December 2019 14 October 2019

After your documents are filed, the Court will only notify you if they are incorrect. You must then attend a formal admission ceremony. You must attend the ceremony unless you are being admitted under the Mutual Recognition (Western Australia) Act 2010 (WA) in which case you may elect to have your application dealt with on the papers without an appearance. If you are seeking admission under the Mutual Recognition (Western Australia) Act 2010 (WA) you should consult the Mutual Recognition page.

You must nominate Counsel to move your admission. If you wish to change your Counsel, you may do so by putting your request in writing at least 48 hours before the ceremony is due to take place and the Court will amend your Originating Motion for Admission. You must contact the Manager Judicial Services if you wish to make any changes.

At the ceremony, you may either swear or affirm your Oath. It will be assumed that you will swear your Oath, however if you wish to affirm your Oath you must advise the Manager Judicial Services at least 3 days before the ceremony takes place.

The Oath/Affirmation is provided to you on the day and the procedure for your admission will be explained prior to the ceremony commencing. If you have special requirements for your admission, for example, using your own Bible or Koran you must contact the Manager Judicial Services and advise them of your particular requirements so arrangements can be made prior to the admission day.

The Court will also advise you of the time and date of the ceremony. Both you and the counsel who will be moving your admission should arrive at Court at least 20 minutes prior to the admission ceremony commencing. Notably, taking photographs inside the Court is not permitted. Photographs can be taken outside the Court or in the gardens. However, the Court will film your admission ceremony.

It is important to note that the certificate you receive on your admission day is for framing and it cannot be replaced unless it is destroyed by fire, flood or theft.  If you need to replace it, you must make an application to the Court with supporting affidavit evidence (pertaining to the destruction by fire, flood or theft) for a replacement to be issued.

After you are admitted, if you need to establish that you remain on the Roll, then you may write to the Court and request a 'Certificate of Good Standing'. You must provide the Court with your full name, date of admission, and current address. A certificate will then be issued to you. A fee is payable for the provision of a certificate. The current fee structure is located on the General Division Fees page.

Last updated: 14-Jun-2019

[ back to top ]