Bencher’s Oath and Duties

All new Benchers must publicly declare the following oath (Law Society Rule 1-1.2 (1)) at their first Benchers meeting:

I, [name], do swear [or solemnly affirm] that I will:

  • abide by the Legal Profession Act, the Law Society Rules and the Code of Professional Conduct;
  • faithfully discharge the duties of a Bencher according to the best of my ability;
  • uphold the objects of the Law Society; and
  • ensure that I am guided by the public interest in the performance of my duties.

Bencher duties

Being a Bencher is a significant commitment to the public. All Benchers, with the exception of the president and vice-presidents, are volunteers who give significantly of their time and expertise.

Benchers must:

  • attend all Benchers meetings (at least eight per year plus an annual weekend session);
  • attend meetings of the committees and task forces to which they are appointed;
  • act as judge on discipline hearing panels and credentials hearing panels;
  • interview articled students;
  • advise members on Law Society activities, and on matters of professional responsibility;
  • act as liaison with local and county bar associations, and members of the public.