The LST has a number of committees established as a source of expert advice to Council and to assist the Society to accomplish policy, regulatory and functional responsibilities. Committees inform Council on policy directions, develop guidance materials and submissions on legislative and policy initiatives, and support the strategic objectives of Council.
Membership of a committee is a voluntary and honorary role which is to bring necessary skills and knowledge to the committee. Committees have an important role and the way in which they perform is integral to Council’s decision making and the performance of the Society as a whole. Members’ participation is critical to the success of committees.
Committees are convened annually in accordance with the Committees Charter and typically fall into one of two categories:
- governance and regulatory; and
- legal policy, advisory and functional (standing and ad hoc committees).
Committees provide a forum for members to participate in the life of the Society and an opportunity to be involved in the initiation of professional development and other opportunities for the broader Tasmanian legal profession. Committee members gain professionally and personally from collegial contacts, and future Tasmanian Law Society leaders often emerge through involvement in the committee system.
Members are encouraged to contact the committees through the Chair to convey practical concerns and questions or to provide feedback on specific areas of legislative and policy reform.
Benefits of Committee Membership
Committee membership provides an opportunity to contribute to law reform and the Society’s work in promoting access to justice in Tasmania, represent the professional interests of Tasmanian practitioners, consider issues affecting the profession and connect with practitioners with similar interests. Regular attendance at meetings and participation as a member of a committee is also a recognised CPD activity under the Law Society of Tasmania’s Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Scheme
Support and Recognition
Committees are provided with administrative support by the Society. This includes typing and photocopying services. Light catering is supplied at all Committee meetings and a Christmas restaurant luncheon or dinner is provided annually by the Society to its committee members. At the end of each year of Active Service a Certificate of Service is supplied by the Society to committee members in recognition of members’ services. Committee members are also listed and acknowledged for their positions and contributions via the Society’s website. At the end of each Committee Year, commencing Committee Year 2014/2015, the Society will present an honorary Member’s Award, further details of which can be obtained from the Society.
Committees usually meet monthly or bimonthly in accordance with a Committee Meeting Schedule which is settled by the Society’s Executive at the beginning of each calendar year:
On average, committee workload requires a commitment of one day per month. Committee members are expected to attend most meetings; read agenda papers; contribute to discussion at meetings; undertake research from time to time; and prepare submissions and correspondence.
For more information on committee processes and member responsibilities download the Society’s LST Committee Charter and/or contact the Society on (03) 62 344133.
Joining a Committee
The Committee Year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Each year the Society invites its members to submit expressions of interest in committee membership for the coming year. Applications ordinarily close in the first week of March, when the Selection Panel convenes for the first time. Expressions of Interest must be submitted using the Society’s 2019-2020 Committee Expression of Interest Form (Schedule 2 to the LST Committee Charter).
If you are interested in applying for committee membership for the Committee Year 2019/2020 (starting 1 April 2019), please complete an 2019-2020 Committee Expression of Interest Form and return it to the Society.
Important Notice: Applications for Committee Year 2019/2020 open until 18 March 2019. Submissions received after this date will be placed on a Society register which will be consulted if vacancies arise throughout the year.