Referendum approval given to honoraria increases

At their November, 1999 meeting, under Law Society Rule 1-37, the Benchers authorized a mail-in referendum ballot of the profession on the following question:

Are you in favour of increasing the amount of the President’s honorarium to $75,000 and giving honoraria of $25,000 to each of the First Vice-President and Second Vice-President?

Voting closed on Friday, February 25, 2000 and ballots were counted on Monday, February 28. A majority (60%) of B.C. lawyers voting in the referendum voted "yes;" 40% voted "no."

The referendum proposal was based on the recommendation of a blue ribbon task force, which looked at such factors as the magnitude of the duties carried out by the President and Vice-Presidents and the impact of inflation on the existing honorarium. The Benchers accepted the task force recommendation and sought approval from the profession through this referendum.

Of the 9,996 members of the Law Society eligible to vote, 4,214 cast their ballots, a turnout of 42%.