Notice of by-election in Vancouver (District No. 1)
and call for nominations

February 24, 2012

The appointment of Patricia Bond as a judge of the Provincial Court on February 27, 2012 creates a vacancy for a position of Bencher in the County of Vancouver (District No. 1).

Law Society Rule 1-36(2) requires the Benchers to hold a by-election to fill a vacancy promptly. A by-election is set for Vancouver district on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. 

The term of the Bencher elected will begin immediately on election and end on December 31, 2013.

Nominations

Nominations of candidates for election as a Bencher in this by-election must be received by the Executive Director on or before Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Each nomination must be signed by two nominators (who are members in good standing and eligible to vote in District No. 1, Vancouver) and must contain the consent of the nominee.

 

Nomination forms are available for download on the Law Society website at lawsociety.bc.ca or by contacting Taryn Mohajeri, Executive Support Administrator, at 604.443.5776 (toll-free 1.800.903.5300) or tmohajeri@lsbc.org


Law Society election rules

For information on the election of Benchers, see Rules 1-18 through 1-42. The Law Society Rules are available in the Member’s Manual and in the Publications and Resources section of the Law Society website. If you have questions about the election process, please contact Bill McIntosh, Manager of Executive Support, at 604.443.5706 (toll-free 1.800.903.5300) or bmcintosh@lsbc.org

Rules 1-21 and 1-22 address the qualifications required of a candidate for Bencher and the nomination process. Rule 1-20(1) describes the Bencher electoral districts into which the province is divided. Rule 1-36(3) confirms that Rules 1-20 to 1-35 apply to Bencher by-elections.

Role and duties of the Benchers

The Benchers are the Law Society’s board of governors. They govern the work of the Society in accordance with the Legal Profession Act, set and enforce standards of professional responsibility for lawyers and preside at discipline and credentials hearings. Benchers can expect their duties to consume four or five full days a month. For more information on the role and duties of the Benchers, see Bencher’s Oath and Duties on the Law Society website (under About Us > Governance > Benchers). 

By-election voting package

By April 24, 2012 a by-election voting package will be mailed to each member of the Law Society on the District No. 1 voter list prepared pursuant to Rule 1-25. The package will include a basic listing and photograph (if provided) of each candidate along with a ballot, ballot envelope and return envelope.  

Candidates’ biographies and election statements on Law Society website

Candidates’ biographical summaries and election statements will be posted on the Law Society website at lawsociety.bc.ca. The voting package will advertise this webpage link. Any lawyer who does not have web access can request a print copy of the webpage biographical information at that time.

 

Benchers encourage diversity of candidates seeking office

The Law Society believes that the public is best served by a more inclusive and representative profession. Women lawyers, Indigenous and visible minority lawyers, and solicitors continue to be under-represented among elected Benchers. All lawyers who meet the qualifications for Bencher and want to contribute to the profession are encouraged to stand for election, and women, Indigenous and visible minority lawyers and those practising predominantly in solicitors’ fields are particularly encouraged to do so.