The work of the Law Society is overseen by a volunteer board of governors called Benchers.
The president is the chief elected official of the Law Society, and serves a one-year term in that position. With the exception of the president and vice-presidents, all Benchers volunteer their time to the Law Society, which is a considerable commitment given the frequent meetings and committee responsibilities.
There are two types of Benchers:
- Elected Benchers: 25 lawyers who are elected by other lawyers in nine regions across BC. Benchers serve minimum two-year terms and can be re-elected.
- Appointed Benchers: up to six non-lawyers who are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council to represent the public interest.
The Attorney General of BC is also a Bencher although, in practice, the Deputy Attorney General attends Bencher meetings on the Attorney General's behalf.
Bencher meeting agendas and minutes