2021 Bencher by-election

The Honourable Judge Michelle Stanford’s appointment as a Judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia has created a vacancy for the position of Bencher in the District of Kamloops (District No. 9). Law Society Rule 1-38(1) requires the Benchers to hold a by-election to fill a vacancy promptly.

Online voting will take place from June 1 until 5:00 pm on June 15, 2021, and votes will be counted on June 16, 2021. The term of the Bencher elected will begin immediately upon election and will end on December 31, 2021.

To view details of the by-election, including timelines, eligibility and the nomination process, view the Notice to the Profession and Call for Nominations dated April 12, 2021. The nomination form can be downloaded here

Benchers encourage diversity in candidates seeking office

The Benchers believe that the Law Society's mandate to protect the public interest in the administration of justice is best served by leadership from diverse backgrounds and experience. Diversity that brings the skill and richness of talent reflected in the peoples of British Columbia strengthens our legal community and the community at large. All lawyers who meet the qualifications for Bencher and want to contribute to the governance of the profession are encouraged to stand for election. We particularly encourage Indigenous lawyers, racialized lawyers, LGBTQ2+ lawyers, lawyers with disabilities, young lawyers, and those practising predominantly in solicitors' fields to stand for election, as these groups continue to be underrepresented among elected Benchers. Although the Law Society has achieved, and been enriched by, gender parity among its elected Benchers, it continues to encourage women to stand for election as part of its commitment to achieve leadership that is reflective of the talents and strengths of all British Columbians.

Roles and duties of Benchers

The Benchers are the Law Society’s volunteer board of governors. They govern and administer the affairs of the Law Society in accordance with the Legal Profession Act, set and enforce standards of professional responsibility for lawyers, and preside at discipline and credentials hearings.

What Benchers can expect

Benchers can expect their duties to consume approximately four or five full days a month. This is made up of preparation for and attendance at Bencher meetings, committee, task force or working group meetings, and sitting on hearing panels.

For more information, see Resources.