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Practising Certificates

Under the Legal Profession Act 2006 (NT), it is the responsibility of each practitioner to ensure that they have a current Practising Certificate.

A Practitioner may practice in the Northern Territory on their interstate Practising Certificate on one off matters as long as they have notified their PII insurer that they will be practising interstate. If a Practitioner is residing in the Northern Territory they need to apply for a Local Northern Territory Practising Certificate. They may however practice on their interstate Practising Certificate as long as they have been added to the firms PI insurance schedule until the end of the Practising Certificate year (being 30 June). When they have received their Northern Territory Practising Certificate they will need to surrender the interstate Practising Certificate.

The Practising Certificate year runs from 1 July to 30 June each year.

Four types of Practising Certificates are issued:

Unrestricted

16/17 Unrestricted Practising Certificate application form

17/18 Unrestricted Practising Certificate application form

Usually issued to firm partners, sole practitioners, and senior solicitors in government departments, or legal aid organisations. Entitlement to Unrestricted Practising Certificates is set out in the Legal Profession Act 2006 or inquiries may be directed to the Law Society.

Restricted

16/17 Restricted Practising Certificate application form

17/18 Restricted Practising Certificate application form

Employee solicitor in a legal firm, government department or legal aid service. Must be supervised by the holder of an unrestricted Practising Certificate.

Restricted Corporate Lawyer

16/17 Restricted Corporate Lawyer Practising Certificate application form

17/18 Restricted Corporate Lawyer Practising Certificate application form

Issued to an employee solicitor in a private corporation or organisation advising only their employer.

Barrister

16/17 Barrister Practising Certificate application form

17/18 Barrister Practising Certificate application form

Australian legal practitioner practising as counsel only. The Society has adopted a formal policy as to what constitutes the work of a practitioner engaging in legal practice in the manner of a Barrister only.

Lodgment of Practising Certificates

All original applications for Practising Certificates should be lodged with the Law Society Northern Territory, together with appropriate documentation:

  • Proof of Professional Indemnity Insurance as required.
  • Payment of the Practising Certificate fee and if applicable payment of the Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund contribution (s 393) etc.
  • A current Certificate of Fitness is required from each jurisdiction you have been admitted in, regardless of whether or not you have previously held a Practising Certificate in the Northern Territory.
  • If you are not registering to be admitted in the Northern Territory, a certified copy of your Admission Certificate is required.
  • If you are applying for an Unrestricted Practising Certificate for the first time, a Statutory Declaration regarding completion of the period of supervised legal practice.
  • A Checklist of Attachments is provided for your assistance:

Practising Certificate Application Checklist

Practising Certificate Fees are not subject to GST.

2016/2017 Practising Certificate Fees

2017/2018 Practising Certificate Fees

All enquiries regarding Practising Certificates should be directed to the Law Society Northern Territory This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Practising Certificate Documentation

Notification of Show Cause Event

Incorporated Legal Practice

Notice by Local Practising Certificate Holder of a Conviction or Charge

Statutory Declaration regarding entitlement to Unrestricted Practising Certificate

 

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Darwin NT 0800

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Darwin NT 0801

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