Victorian Legal Services Board election 2018 – Call for nominations
February 28, 2018
In April this year all Victorian lawyers will have the opportunity to vote for who will represent them on the Victorian Legal Services Board until 2022.
Every four years an election is held for one barrister and two solicitors to sit on the Board and contribute to decisions made about legal regulation in this state. The input of the Board’s three lawyer members is vital in guiding how the Board responds to all issues that impact on Victorian lawyers.
The Board has both regulatory and non-regulatory responsibilities. Its regulatory functions include administering practising certificates, investigating fidelity fund claims, prosecuting unqualified legal practice and criminal offences, managing trust accounts and intervening in law practices when things go wrong.
Non-regulatory functions include the administration of the Public Purpose fund, allocating funding for several institutions (including Victoria Legal Aid, VCAT and the Victoria Law Foundation), and coordinating the Board’s own Grants program, which has funded ground-breaking access to justice projects over 10 years.
If you have an interest in legal regulation and would like to contribute to the decisions that affect the Victorian profession and access to justice funding, you are encouraged to consider nominating to stand in the Board election. All Victorian lawyers with a current practising certificate and who have completed a minimum of five years’ legal practise are entitled to nominate to stand in the election.
The election will be conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) as a preferential postal vote from 12 April to 9 May 2018.
To nominate, contact the Election Manager at the VEC to obtain the nomination form:
Victorian Electoral Commission
530 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. (03) 8620 1144
All nominations must be submitted to the VEC by Monday 19 March 2018.
The Board website has further details of the election process.