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The Supreme Court of Victoria will host in-person ceremonies to admit new lawyers to practise on Tuesday, 15 November 2022.

The Court will host three COVIDSafe ceremonies for up to 42 applicants per ceremony, with one mover and two guests per applicant

The Court continues to manage the logistics of providing a COVIDSafe environment for Court users. Masks are required to be worn throughout the event proceedings and hand sanitiser is available throughout the Court.

Attendees who:

must not attend.

  • Applicants who develop symptoms of COVID-19 or who are notified as a Contact prior to their scheduled admission ceremony should contact VLAB to arrange an alternative in-person ceremony date or to arrange to be admitted on the papers following the ceremony. 
  • The Court encourages all attendees to be up to date with their vaccinations.
  • The Court encourages all attendees to undertake a rapid antigen test prior to the ceremony.
  • Masks are to be worn indoors throughout proceedings. They can be removed when speaking during the ceremony and are to be replaced once speaking has finished.
  • Physical distancing is recommended where possible (guests of an individual applicant may sit together without distancing). Attendees must follow the instructions of Court staff in that regard.

Watch an admission ceremony

Tuesday, 15 November 2022

Although in-person admissions resumed on 12 April 2022, new lawyers seeking admission continue to have the option to be admitted on the papers.

We acknowledge and warmly congratulate all the new lawyers that will be admitted tomorrow.

Information for applicants and guests

Applicants and their guests should arrive via 485 Lonsdale Street 45 minutes prior to their ceremony and proceed through security screening. Applicants and guests should wait until the courtroom opens in the signed ‘applicant waiting area’ in the courtyard.

The courtroom will open 30 minutes before each ceremony. Applicants, movers and guests will be seated downstairs and remaining guests will be seated upstairs. Applicants and movers will be briefed prior to the ceremony’s commencement.

After each ceremony there will be 20 minutes available for new lawyers and their movers and guests to take photos in the courtyard. Please note that photography is permitted only in the courtyard.

Published on 14 November 2022