2021 Bencher general election

Bencher elections are held every two years in odd-numbered years in nine electoral districts across British Columbia. Benchers are elected for two-year renewable terms.

The next Bencher election will be held on November 16, 2021, to elect Benchers in all districts for the term January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023.

Electoral districts

Rule 1-21(1) lists the nine Bencher electoral districts into which the province is divided.

Candidate eligibility and nominations

Rules 1-22 and 1-23 set out the eligibility criteria to be a candidate for election as a Bencher and the nomination requirements.

To be valid, nominations of candidates for election must be received by the Law Society by the extended deadline of 5:00 pm on Monday, October 18, 2021. Each nomination must be signed by two nominators (who are members in good standing and eligible to vote in the relevant district) and must contain the nominee’s consent to the nomination.

The Member Portal has been updated to display your electoral district. Log in to the Member Portal to view your electoral district.

To submit a nomination, please download and complete the Candidate’s Nomination and Consent Form, or contact Rebecca Neal, Administrator, Bencher Relations and Events, at 604.443.5750 (toll-free 1.800.903.5300) or BencherRelations@lsbc.org.

Information about the candidates running in the Bencher election will be posted on this web page and on the Simply Voting site after the close of nominations on October 18, 2021 and by the start of voting on November 1, 2021.

Voting information

The Law Society will be using a third party company, Simply Voting, to provide online voting for the 2021 Bencher election. An email communication will be sent to all eligible voters on November 1, 2021 which will include voting instructions a randomly generated password and a link to the voting site.

All members in good standing are entitled to vote in a Bencher election or by-election. 

 

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.