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Court Procedures

Prior To Filing Documents

Where do I find out how to be admitted?

The Legal Practice Board of Western Australia has statutory responsibility for the admission of all lawyers in Western Australia. Its website contains a detailed description of the procedure for admissions.

What documents are required?

You must file two copies of the 'Originating motion for Admission' (see r11 Legal Profession Rules 2008). 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) 9b)). Please see attached FAQs and Common Mistakes on Filing.

When do I need to file my Originating Motion for Admission by?

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). The following tables set out the admission and filing dates for 2019:


Admission and Filing Dates for 2019

Admission Day Admission Date Motion 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


Do I need my full name on the Originating Motion for Admission?

Yes, your full name, date of birth and residential address is required.

Where do I file my Originating Motion for Admission?

You must file your motion paper at the Central Office on level 11, David Malcolm Justice Centre, 28 Barrack Street, Perth.

Does it cost anything to file the papers?

Yes, the current filing fee is $371. The fee is amended from time to time.

Can I pay by EFTPOS or Visa?

Yes, we have both facilities. You can also pay by cash or cheque.

Can I courier the documents?

Yes, provided they are filed at the Central Office with the fee being paid at the same time.


Last updated: 17-Jan-2019

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