Board elections - Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

Victorian Legal Services Board Election 2018

The Victorian Legal Services Board is comprised of a Chairperson, three non-lawyer members and three lawyer members (one barrister and two solicitors). The Chairperson and the three non-lawyer members are appointed by the Governor in Council. The three lawyer members are elected to their positions by the legal profession.

The Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 requires that the Board hold an election for the three lawyer member positions every four years. The current term of the three lawyer members expires on 30 June 2018. The Board must therefore hold an election before this date to enable the legal profession to elect their representatives to the Board for the ensuing four-year period.

Electors’ Roll & Eligibility to Vote

To be eligible to vote in this election, a lawyer’s name must appear on one of the two rolls of electors maintained by the Board as of close of business Monday 13 March 2018. Any lawyer with a current practising certificate as at this time is automatically enrolled.

The Board’s two electors’ rolls are:

  1. The roll of advocates: This roll includes all barristers. Each barrister on the roll of advocates is eligible to vote in the election for the one advocate (barrister) member.
  2. The roll of non-advocates: This roll includes all solicitors. Each solicitor who is on the roll of non-advocates is eligible to vote in the election for the two non-advocate (solicitor) members.

Candidates

The list of candidates for the 2018 Board election can be found on the VEC website.

 

Key Dates

The key dates for the election are listed below:

Close of roll 5:00 pm Tuesday 13 March 2018
Nomination day 12.00 pm Monday 19 March 2018
Draw for ballot paper positions 9:30 am Tuesday 20 March 2018
Ballot papers dispatched by post From Wednesday 11 April 2018
Close of voting 5:00 pm Wednesday 9 May 2018

 

These details were also published in the Victorian Government Gazette (page 339) on Thursday 22 February 2018.

Election Manager

The Board has entered into an arrangement with the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) to conduct this election. The election manager is:

Ms Phillippa Heskett

Victorian Electoral Commission
Level 11
530 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Tel. (03) 8620 1144

Information about this election can also be found on the VEC website:

https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Elections/CurrentElections.html

Rules

The rules about elections for the Board are contained in Section 62 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 and the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulations 2015.

Queries

If you have any queries about an electors’ roll or the election process itself, please contact the Board on Tel. (03) 9679 8000.

 

 

Last modified March 20, 2018.