Invitation to lawyers to apply for appointment to hearing panel pool
The Law Society 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 furtherance of that mandate, Law Society hearing panels hear cases related to allegations of professional misconduct, breaches of the Law Society Rules and the Legal Profession Act and incompetence of lawyers. Panels also hold hearings on the character and fitness of applicants for enrolment in the admission program and for call to the Bar.
The Benchers have approved the expansion of tribunal membership to include non-Bencher lawyers and non-lawyers for the purpose of creating greater public confidence in the hearing process.
Hearing panels will consist of a current lawyer Bencher as chair, another lawyer who is not a Bencher selected from the hearing panel lawyer pool and an individual who is not a lawyer selected from a non-lawyer pool.
Qualified lawyers are invited to volunteer to serve as members of the pool from which members of hearing panels are drawn. This is a part-time volunteer position. Reasonable expenses are reimbursed in full. Assignment to hearings will be on an as-needed basis.
The term of appointment to the hearing panel pool is three years, renewable once.
Successful applicants must be:
- members in good standing of the Law Society of BC;
- called to the bar for a minimum of seven years;
- not a current employee of or contractor to the Society.
Other restrictions and considerations apply; see Highlights on the Law Society website for more information.
Lawyers appointed to the hearing panel pool will be required to take training courses in administrative justice and the Law Society processes and decision-writing. They are also encouraged to take the training course on hearing skills.
Qualified individuals are invited to send a curriculum vitae no later than April 30, 2011 to:
Jeffrey G. Hoskins, QC
Tribunal and Legislative Counsel
Law Society of British Columbia
845 Cambie Street,
Vancouver, BC V6B 4Z9
The Law Society encourages applicants that reflect the diversity of BC. We appreciate all interest and will directly contact candidates under consideration.