Governance Task Force


Call for Input: Proposal for single bencher election date

The Governance Task Force 2016 is considering changing the bencher election process so there is a single election date for the lawyer and paralegal bencher elections. Currently, the elections are held in different years.

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

This would require 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 would occur at the same time with separate ballots for lawyers and paralegals. Lawyers would continue to elect lawyer benchers, and paralegals would continue to elect paralegal benchers.

Paralegals and lawyers are invited to submit comments to the Task Force on this proposal, outlined in the Consultation Document.

Submissions* may be made by email or regular mail by April 28, 2017.

Call for Input: Single election date
Policy Secretariat
The Law Society of Upper Canada
Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N6

*Submissions will be provided to the Task Force and to Convocation and may be reproduced, and/or made publicly available by the Law Society, with attribution.

The Law Society reserves the right to redact submissions at its discretion, for reasons including the protection of confidentiality, copyright, and brevity.

Background and Resource Information

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.

The work of the Governance Task Force 2016 will support Convocation's strategic priority to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the Law Society's governance methods.