Single bencher election date approved

Posted: 05/25/2017

Governance Task Force

Convocation approved the Governance Task Force’s recommendation to change the bencher election process so there is a single election date for the lawyer and paralegal bencher elections.

The Task Force recommended the change to support efficiencies in the election processes and to better integrate the paralegal bencher term with the Law Society’s strategic planning cycle.

The first single election will be held on April 30, 2019, which is the scheduled date for the next lawyer bencher election.

This requires a one-year extension of the current paralegal bencher term, as the scheduled date for the next paralegal bencher election is March 29, 2018.

The elections will occur at the same time with separate ballots for lawyers and paralegals. Lawyers will continue to elect lawyer benchers, and paralegals will continue to elect paralegal benchers.

Convocation also approved the Governance Task Force’s recommendation that for paralegal benchers, all service at the Law Society as a member of the Paralegal Standing Committee, either appointed or elected, and as a bencher, should count towards the 12 year bencher term limit.

The Governance Task Force was established by Convocation, in September 2016, at the request of the Treasurer, to review and make recommendations in regard to the Law Society’s governance structure.

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