Notice of Bencher election in the County of Westminster (District No. 4)
and call for nominations
September 12, 2014
On December 31, 2014 Jan Lindsay, QC will complete her one-year term as President and her final two-year term as a Bencher for the County of Westminster (District No. 4). Accordingly, pursuant to Rules 1-19(2) and 1-40, an election will be held on Monday, November 17, 2014 to elect a Bencher in District No. 4, for a term of one year commencing January 1, 2015.
Nominations of candidates for election as a Bencher in this election must be received by the Law Society by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Each candidate nomination and consent form must be signed by two nominators (who are members in good standing and eligible to vote in District No. 4) and by the candidate.
|Candidate nomination and consent forms may be downloaded from the Law Society website at lawsociety.bc.ca or may be obtained by contacting Amy Tang, Executive Support Administrator, at 604.443.5779 (toll-free 1.800.903.5300) or email@example.com.|
Law Society election rules
For information on the election of Benchers, see Rules 1-19 through 1-42. The Law Society Rules are available in the Member’s Manual and in the Publications section of the Law Society website. Rule 1-20(1) describes the Bencher electoral districts into which the province is divided. Rules 1-21 and 1-22 outline the qualifications required of a candidate for Bencher election and other elements of a valid nomination.
If you have questions about the Bencher election process, please contact Bill McIntosh, Manager, Executive Support, at 604.443.5706 (toll-free 1.800.903.5300) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Role and duties of the Benchers
The Benchers are the Law Society’s 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).
Following the close of nominations on October 15 and by November 3, 2014, an election package will be mailed to each member of the Law Society on the District No. 4 voter list prepared pursuant to Rule 1-25. The election package will include a basic profile and photograph (if provided) of each candidate, a ballot, a ballot envelope and a return envelope.
Candidates’ biographies and election statements on Law Society website
Also by November 3, 2014, the candidates’ biographical summaries and election statements will be posted on the Law Society website at lawsociety.bc.ca. The election package will advertise this webpage link. Any eligible voter may request the Law Society to provide a print copy of the candidates’ biographical summaries and election statements.
Benchers encourage diversity in candidates seeking office
The Benchers note that Aboriginal lawyers, solicitors, visible minority lawyers, women lawyers and young lawyers continue to be under-represented among elected Benchers. All lawyers who meet the qualifications for Bencher and want to contribute to the governance of the profession are encouraged to stand for election, but Aboriginal lawyers, visible minority lawyers, women lawyers, young lawyers and those practising predominantly in solicitors’ fields are particularly encouraged to do so. The Benchers believe that the Law Society’s mandate to protect the public interest in the administration of justice will be best served by leadership from diverse backgrounds and experience.