Debate over compostion of Law Society of British Columbia


The recently introduced Legal Professions Act bill in British Columbia would change the composition of the board of directors of the Law Society of British Columbia to include five directors elected by lawyers, two elected by notaries public, two paralegals, three directors appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, and five directors (four lawyers) appointed by a majority of the other directors. This is a reduction from the current 25 elected lawyer benchers and six appointed benchers. The Law Society raised concern about undermining the independence of the legal profession and indicated it would bring a constitutional challenge of the law if passed.

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