Mutual Recognition (MRA)
ADMISSION UNDER THE MUTUAL RECOGNITION PRINCIPLE
The Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008 provide for the admission of interstate practitioners from “participating jurisdictions” which have adopted the Mutual Recognition Principle. This includes all Australian states and territories and New Zealand.
An “eligible applicant” means any person duly admitted and, at the time of his/her application for admission under these Rules, entitled to practise as a:
- barrister and solicitor
- legal practitioner howsoever styled of the Supreme Court of any State or Territory of Australia, or of the High Court of New Zealand.
Practitioners admitted to practise in any Australian jurisdiction are entitled to apply for a Victorian Practising Certificate without seeking admission in Victoria. Hence it is generally not necessary for interstate practitioners to seek admission in Victoria under Mutual Recognition in order to practise in Victoria. Contact the Law Institute of Victoria for information about obtaining a practising certificate. Mutual recognition was more commonly used by interstate practitioners prior to the enactment of the Legal Profession Act 2004 and the advent of the “national profession”.