Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Admission to the supreme court

Monday morning early saw dd and myself dashing across Victoria square to the supreme court.Why? Were we about to be late for an important not to be missed case. No but it was an important sitting of the court. A full sitting in fact which involves a minimum of three supreme court judges.Ds was about to be admitted with 20 other individuals to be a legal practitioner in our state.

I think all the guests were rather in awe of the setting as the room was rather hushed while we waited for the judges to appear. In fact I think some church congregations could well model their behavior on this quiet and restraint!

After we had stood at the entrance of the judges and were once more quietly seated we were welcomed with a short introduction by one of the judges. she gave us a short history of the building(did we know it had once been a department store...), the court room and the history of the ceremony that we were about to witness.(who said "teachable moments" were only restricted to teachers!)

"To be eligible for admission to the Supreme Court of South Australia an applicant must satisfy the academic and practical requirements prescribed in 2004 Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council (LPEAC) Rule 2.
The academic requirement is a tertiary study of law in Australia completed over a minimum of three years full time (or the part time equivalent) and which includes the Priestley 11 subjects.  In South Australia completion of the Bachelor of Laws degree from Adelaide University or Flinders University satisfies the academic requirements.  The Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice degree from Flinders University is recognised as satisfying both the academic and the practical requirements for admission.  The practical requirements for admission requires the completion of a course of study which provides the requisite understanding and competence in the skills, values and practice areas prescribed within the LPEAC Rules.  The Law Society Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice is an approved practical legal training course.
Where an application has completed law qualifications interstate and seeks to enrol in the GDLP Course, the applicant must have his/her qualifications formally accredited by the Board of Examiners prior to enrolling in GDLP.
In addition to being eligible for admission an applicant must satisfy the Supreme Court that he or she is of good character s.15(1) Legal Practitioners Act 1981."

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