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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 table sets out the admission and filing dates for 2016:

Admission and Filing Dates for 2017

Admission Day Admission Date Motion Paper Filed by
Friday 3 February 2017 2 December 2016
Friday 3 March 2017 30 December 2016
Monday 3 April 2017 2 February 2017
Friday 5 May 2017 3 March 2017
Friday 2 June 2017 31 March 2017
Monday 17 July 2017 16 May 2017
Friday 4 August 2017 2 June 2017
Friday 1 September 2017 30 June 2017
Friday 6 October 2017 4 August 2017
Wednesday 1 November 2017 31 August 2017
Friday 15 December 2017 13 October 2017

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 $339. 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: 25-Jan-2017

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