WARNING: Admission as 'local lawyer' of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory does not entitle you to practice law in this jurisdiction. If you intend to practice you must hold a current practising certificate.
The Law Society Northern Territory (the Society) does not determine applications for admission, or applications under the Mutual Recognition Act. .
For all admission enquiries, please contact the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory Registrar on (08) 8999 6574. This is also the number for the secretary of the Legal Practitioners Admission Board or visit the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory website
Local Admission after completing academic & practical qualifications
The Society is entitled to make submissions to the Legal Practitioners Admission Board or the Court on any application for admission. The guidelines explain how to file your documents and then serve copies on the Society.
Admission under Mutual Recognition Act or Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act
Under the Legal Profession Act you are not required to be admitted in more than one Australian jurisdiction but some practitioners choose to seek admission in each jurisdiction where they engage in practice.
New Zealand qualified and admitted lawyers are required to gain admission in an Australian jurisdiction before being entitled to seek a local practising certificate, and may apply for admission under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act.
Lawyers qualified overseas
For information on any additional academic requirements and admission based on overseas qualifications and/or admission gained anywhere other than New Zealand please refer to the documents published by the Law Admissions Consultative Committee.
The Local Court of the Northern Territory is a court in the Northern Territory which has jurisdiction over civil disputes up to A$100,000.
The court was established in 1989 under the Local Court Act (NT). The court replaced the Local Court established under the Local Courts Ordinance 1941 (NT). All work that was pending in the former Local Court was deemed to be able to be continued in the newly established court.
The court has jurisdiction to deal with claims for damages, debt and equitable relief if the amount sought is less than $100,000. The parties to the claim can agree to have larger amounts determined by the Court. Claims concerning the ownership of property can also be determine irrespective of their value. Proceedings can also be transferred to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory on the application of each party. Cases are commenced by way of a statement of claim alleging the nature of the claim. The court encourages parties to complete their claims in plain English using non-technical language wherever possible. However some claims may need to be properly formulated with legal terminology. A person can defend the statement of claim by lodging a written defence. The defence essentially answers the allegations made by the plaintiff and may allege any facts in support of the defence. Additionally, the defendant may counter-claim against the plaintiff if there is a claim. After a defence is filed, the registrar of the court fixes a conciliation conference to which the parties are required to attend. Parties can explore settlement or the matter can be listed for hearing. Cases are heard before a stipendiary magistrate.
The court also has the power to grant adoptions and to determine appeals against decisions of certain statutory office holders or bodies, such as appeals from the decisions of the Commissioner of Tenancies.
The court does not have its own judicial officers. Instead, stipendiary magistrates constitute the court. In certain circumstances, the judicial registrar or a registrar may constitute the court as well.
In certain circumstances, an appeal on a question of law may be made to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.
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- ^Part 32
- ^homepage of the court