Practising Certificate - Northern Territory


You will need this certificate if you intend to practice as a legal practitioner in the Northern Territory.

There are five types of practising certificates issued:

  • unrestricted - usually issued to firm partners, sole practitioners, and senior solicitors in government departments, or legal aid organisations
  • restricted - employee solicitor in a legal firm, government department or legal aid service. Must be supervised by the holder of an Unrestricted PC
  • restricted corporate lawyer - issued to an employee solicitor in a private corporation or a solicitor who advises only their employer organisation
  • restricted volunteer lawyer - issued to a practitioner who engages in supervised legal practise as a volunteer in a complying community legal centre
  • barrister - Australian legal practitioner practising as counsel only. The Society has adopted a formal policy as to what constitutes the work of a practitioner engaging in legal practice in the manner of a barrister only.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • be an Australian lawyer or a lawyer who reasonably expects to be engaged in legal practice in the NT for the currency of the certificate
  • possess professional indemnity insurance if you are applying for the categories of sole practitioner, principles of a law firm and barrister.

If you are applying for a Northern Territory practising certificate for the first time, you must:

  • provide a current Certificate of Fitness from each jurisdiction in which you have been admitted
  • provide a certified copy of your Admission Certificate from each jurisdiction in which you have been admitted
  • if applicable, provide evidence that you have surrendered your interstate practising certificate.


Up to one year


30 June


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
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Administering agency

Law Society Northern Territory

Contact details

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