January 23, 2003
Convocation votes in favour of bencher
By a vote of 22 to 21, Convocation passed a recommendation from
the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee that ex-officio
benchers who participate in the business of the Law Society,
and elected benchers shall be remunerated for duties performed
as benchers effective from the date of the Convocation meeting
in June 2003.
A special Convocation will be held February 13, to discuss
the implementation of bencher remuneration and other related
aspects of the report.
Equity & Aboriginal Issues Committee
Report/ComitJ sur l'JquitJ et les affaires autochtones
Financial information system enhancements
Convocation has approved the allocation of $435,000 from its
Capital fund for the acquisition and implementation of
financial information system enhancements.
These enhancements to the current accounting software will
include two additional accounting modules and an enhanced
financial reporting tool.
Finance & Audit Committee Report
Changes to Processes under Rule 6.07(2) of the Rules of
Convocation has approved amendments to the administrative
processes under rule 6.07(2), through which a member may apply
for permission to hire a disbarred or suspended person.
Major changes include:
Convocation has now approved a guide to the Private Practice
Refresher Program (PPRP) modules, to assist lawyers who may
become subject to the program to know which modules they may
have to complete.
This follows Convocation's approval of the program, itself,
in September 2001, which replaces the former requalification
program. It will require lawyers who have been out of private
practice for five years or more to undergo a self-study
refresher program prior to entering private practice. It came
into effect in 2002, but will not pertain to lawyers until
Professional Development, Competence &
Admissions Committee Report
Committee members appointed
Convocation has appointed four Benchers to the Law
Society/Lincoln Alexander Award Committee.
Members appointed were Kim Carpenter-Gunn, Abdul Chahbar,
Gillian Diamond and Julian Porter.