Commencement of in-person admission ceremony of new lawyers
In March 2020, the Supreme Court of Victoria suspended in-person admission ceremonies for new lawyers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A process was developed to allow admissions to occur “on the papers” by order of the Chief Justice. Whilst the significance of the admission for new lawyers over the past two years have not been diminished by the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the milestone is somewhat lacklustre for those who were looking forward to celebrating their achievement with their families and friends.
This month, the Chief Justice has recently announced that due to the easing of restrictions and the importance of admission ceremonies to new lawyers and their families, the Court will resume in-person admission ceremonies. However, new lawyers seeking admission will continue to have the option to be admitted “on the papers”.
I am very honoured to have participated in the first in-person admission ceremony since the start of the pandemic, on the 12th of April 2022, together with my mentors, family and friends. Congratulations to all who have persevered through challenges presented throughout the pandemic, and let’s hope that from here on in we get to celebrate all achievements in person!