Kate commenced work at Susan Moriarty & Associates in September 2018 as a law clerk. But after many early mornings and late nights of study, she was admitted as a solicitor yesterday, 2 June 2020.
However, the admission process was a little unusual for Kate and other graduates, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a Practice Direction by Chief Justice Catherine Holmes, it was deemed that “extraordinary circumstances” warranted a modification of the requirements of Part 3 of the Supreme Court (Admission) Rules 2004 (the “Rules”).
As all admissions ceremonies have been temporarily suspended in March to comply with pandemic restriction the Direction provided an avenue for graduates to be admitted to the legal profession without attending a formal ceremony.
On Monday 1 June 2020, the Supreme Court made an order for Kate’s conditional admission as a lawyer to the legal profession.
She then took her oath or affirmation of allegiance and office in compliance and attended the Supreme Court on 2 June 2020 to sign the roll of legal practitioners.
This had the effect of granting her unconditional admission as a lawyer to the legal profession, with effect from 1 June 2020.
Though SMA are disappointed we didn’t get to attend her admission ceremony, we look forward to watching her achieve great things in her next stage of her bright legal career!