For the record: Motions and the AGM

Many Law Society members have become aware of a notice of motion posted in the April 24th, 2015, edition of Ontario Reports.

The motion, concerning the articling process and the Law Practice Program, is intended to be made at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Annual General Meeting on May 13th, 2015.

In advance of the AGM, here is some background on motions and the process governing them.

About AGM Motions: Background

Motions at the Law Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) are made by members of the Law Society, and not the Law Society itself.

A motion must be in writing, signed by at least ten members, none of whose licence is suspended at the time of signature, and submitted by the required deadline.

For a motion that is submitted by the deadline to be made at the AGM, it must be proposed at the AGM by one of the ten or more members who originally signed the motion, and then seconded by any other member whose licence is not suspended.

Should a motion carry at an AGM, the motion must be communicated to Convocation at its first regular meeting after the AGM, and must be considered by Convocation within six months of the AGM.

A motion carried at an AGM is not binding on Convocation.