Invitation to members of the public to apply for appointment to the Law Society’s hearing panel pool

The Law Society of British Columbia regulates lawyers in the public interest by ensuring that the people of BC are served by lawyers who meet high standards of learning, competence and professional conduct.

In carrying out that mandate, Law Society hearing panels hear cases related to allegations of discipline violations and incompetence by lawyers. Panels also conduct hearings on the character and fitness of applicants for enrolment in the admission program and for call and admission as new lawyers. Review boards hear appeals from hearing panel decisions.

In 2011, the Law Society expanded hearing panel membership to include non-lawyers to allow broader input and maintain public confidence in the hearing process. That change has successfully become an essential part of the hearing process, and it is time to replace some of the panellists to continue the program.

Hearing panels consist of two lawyers and an individual who is not a lawyer. Review boards consist of seven members, at least two of which are not lawyers.

Individuals are invited to apply for appointment to the pool from which members of hearing panels and review boards are drawn. This is a part-time position, compensated at $250 per hearing day. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. Assignment to hearings will be on an as-needed basis. The term of appointment to the hearing panel pool is four years, renewable once.

Successful applicants must

  • not be a current employee of or contractor to the Law Society,
  • not be elected to political office or a declared candidate for office or nomination at the federal or provincial level of government,
  • not be a complainant in an outstanding complaint about a lawyer in British Columbia.

Individuals appointed to the hearing panel pool will be required to take a training course in administrative justice and the Law Society processes. They are also encouraged to take the training courses on hearing skills and decision-writing.

The Law Society will consider the following attributes:

  • community service and recognition
  • board experience
  • career leadership / professional or management experience
  • regulatory experience
  • decision-making skills (judgment, independence and objectivity; patience; decisiveness)
  • good oral and written communication skills

The Law Society will also consider the following for appointments to the hearing panel pool:

  • appropriate representation of geographical areas of British Columbia
  • gender equity
  • representation of all cultural groups
  • experience with cultural and ethnic diversity

Qualified individuals are invited to send a résumé no later than July 14, 2017 by email to tribunals@lsbc.org, or to:

Jeffrey G. Hoskins, QC
Tribunal and Legislative Counsel
Law Society of British Columbia
845 Cambie Street,
Vancouver, BC  V6B 4Z9

The Law Society of British Columbia encourages applicants that reflect the diversity of BC. We appreciate all interest and will directly contact candidates under consideration.