LSO voting guides for bencher election now available online

By Amanda Jerome

Law360 Canada (March 28, 2023, 9:39 AM EDT) -- The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) voting guides for the upcoming bencher election are now available online. The LSO says the guides contain biographical information and election statements provided by each of the candidates running for bencher.

According to a news release, issued March 27, the voting guides also contain general information about the election process and how licensees can vote online or by phone.

“All law society licensees whose licence is not suspended on April 12, 2023 are eligible to vote in the election. Eligible voters will receive information through the Law Society Portal and a personalized email from the online voting provider on how to vote in the coming weeks,” the release explained, linking to both the lawyer and paralegal voting guide.

Licensees can vote for candidates from April 19 to 28, 2023, and “the names of the 40 lawyers and five paralegals elected as benchers will be announced on May 1, 2023.”

“Benchers elected for the 2023-27 term will take office at the May 25, 2023 Convocation,” the release concluded.

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