Bencher’s Oath and Duties
All new Benchers must publicly declare the following oath (Law Society Rule 1-1.2 (1)) at their first Benchers meeting:
I, [name], do swear [or solemnly affirm] that I will:
- abide by the Legal Profession Act, the Law Society Rules and the Professional Conduct Handbook;
- faithfully discharge the duties of a Bencher according to the best of my ability;
- uphold the objects of the Law Society; and
- ensure that I am guided by the public interest in the performance of my duties.
Being a Bencher is a significant commitment to the public. All Benchers, with the exception of the president and vice-presidents, are volunteers who give significantly of their time and expertise.
- attend all Benchers meetings (at least eight per year plus an annual weekend session);
- attend meetings of the committees and task forces to which they are appointed;
- act as judge on discipline hearing panels and credentials hearing panels;
- interview articled students;
- advise members on Law Society activities, and on matters of professional responsibility;
- act as liaison with local and county bar associations, and members of the public.