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Register of Practitioners

Information for Practitioners who wish to be entered on the Register of Practitioners

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The entitlement to practise in a federal court depends upon the entitlement to practise in the Supreme Court of a State or Territory and entry in the Register of Practitioners kept in the High Court of Australia in accordance with the provisions of section 55B of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth). 

In order to have your name entered in the High Court Register of Practitioners you must be presently entitled to practise as a barrister, solicitor, barrister and solicitor, solicitor and barrister or legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of a State or Territory.

The capacity in which your name will be entered in the Register of Practitioners depends upon the capacity in which you are entitled to practise in the Supreme Court.

For Crown employees, the body by which you are employed must have a statutory right of practise in the Supreme Court of a State or Territory. Such a right ordinarily resides in the Attorney-General's Department, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Crown Solicitor's office or like bodies.

Documentation Required

To be entered on the Register of Practitioners please complete the application form below and provide it to the Court.

You will also need to provide a copy of your Certificate of Admission to the Supreme Court of your State or Territory and a copy of your current Practising Certificate together with the application form. Crown employees (see above) should provide a letter from your employer confirming your employment and your entitlement to practise with reference to the legislative provision which authorises you to practise without holding a practising certificate.

If the name on your admission certificate is different to the name on your practising certificate, you will need to provide an explanation when lodging your application to be entered on the Register.  This is usually a copy of a marriage certificate, a certificate of change of name, or an affidavit.

Application Form (PDF 23k) (RTF 45k)

Fees and Charges

No fee is payable to have your name entered in the High Court Register of Practitioners. If you wish to order a Certificate please enclose a cheque or money order for $70.00 made payable to the High Court of Australia with any application posted to the Court or attend at an office of the Registry to make the payment at the Registry counter.  Payment by EFTPoS or credit card is available at the Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney Offices of the Registry.

Certificate of Good Standing

If you are already entered on the Register of Practitioners you may request a Certificate of Good Standing.  Please write to the Court providing your full name and date of entry on the Register, enclosing a cheque or money order for $70.00 made payable to the High Court of Australia with any application posted to the Court or attend at an office of the Registry to make the payment at the Registry counter.  Payment by EFTPoS or credit card is available at the Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney Offices of the Registry. 

Change in name or capacity

If you wish to change your name or the capacity in which you are entered on the Register of Practitioners you will need to write to the Court stating your full name and the date of entry on the Register.

To change your name on the Register you will need to enclose the authority for your change of name, for example a marriage certificate and a current practising certificate showing the name you wish to practise under.

To change the capacity in which you are entered on the Register you will need to provide a current practising certificate showing the capacity in which you wish to practise.

Searching the Register of Practitioners

Confirmation of entry on the Register of Practitioners may be obtained in writing upon payment of a $21 search fee for upto 10 names.