Admission ceremony

Ceremony

The ceremony is held in the Banco Court (Court 1) of the Supreme Court Building, 210 William Street, Melbourne. Applicants and their guests must arrive at the entrance to the courtroom no later than 30 minutes before the time fixed for the admission ceremony.

Applicants will be met at the door of the courtroom by a Judge's Associate. Applicants must clearly identify themselves to the Judge's Associate upon entering the Court.

Please note:  The taking of photographs within the Supreme Court complex and in the courtroom is prohibited. The ceremony will be webcast on the Supreme Court website - www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au (External link) - and available for viewing shortly after the ceremony.

Running Order of the Ceremony

Three Judges of the Supreme Court will come onto the Bench and the court will be opened. During this time, all persons in court stand and bow when the Judges bow.

The associate will then read the first applicant's name. Counsel moving the applicant's admission will step forward to the bar table and read the form of motion (see below). The presiding judge will ask if the applicant is in Court. The applicant will then stand, bow to the bench and resume their seat.

When this process has been completed for all applicants, the associate will read out the names of all the applicants taking the oath. As an applicant's name is called, they are to stand and remain standing. The associate then recites the oath and invites the applicants to respond. Each applicant repeats in turn: "I swear by almighty God to do so".

The associate then reads out the names of all the applicants making an affirmation. As an applicant's name is called, they are to stand and remain standing. The associate then recites the affirmation and invites the applicants to respond. Each applicant repeats in turn: "I do so declare and affirm".

After the Oaths and Affirmations are complete, the presiding judge will give a short address. The Court will then be adjourned and the judges will leave the bench.

Applicants will be ushered to the anteroom where they will sign the Roll. The Prothonotary will sign and seal the Order of Admission and hand it to the applicant.

Applicants must not leave the court until they have signed the Roll and the Order of Admission is returned to them. Applicants are not duly admitted until the process outlined in this paragraph is completed.

Moving your Admission

Admission may be moved by an Australian Lawyer whose name is on the Roll of the Supreme Court of Victoria or any other State or Territory.  It is not necessary that a current practising certificate is held.

When moving, the mover should step forward more or less to be level with the Bar Table so that the Bench has no difficulty distinguishing by whom it is being addressed. The following form of motion is prescribed and should be strictly adhered to.  It is not appropriate to vary the form of motion.

"If the Court pleases, "I appear to move that (full name) be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian Lawyer and as an Officer of this Honourable Court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the Admissions Board."

Oath or Affirmation

Applicants should have already indicated their intention to swear the oath or make the affirmation. It is not possible for applicants to change their selection on the day of admission.

Applicants may take the oath of office (e.g. swear on the Bible) or make prior arrangements with the Victorian Legal Admissions Board to take the oath in accordance with some other religious custom. Only religious text available in the Court can be used.

Court Attire

Applicant's clothing should be appropriate to the formality of a Supreme Court hearing. Therefore, professional attire is required. Male applicants must wear a jacket and tie. Female applicants must wear a jacket. Practitioners moving admissions must be appropriately robed in gown, bar jacket and jabot.  Wigs are not to be worn.