oa De Rebus - The Association of Law Societies
In terms of its Constitution, the Association can only act if the Member-Provinces are unanimous. In fact the constitution provides that an Association resolution must be ratified in writing before it receives any force or effect. In practice, the result is that the profession suffers from an inability to speak on national matters in time for its opinions to be of value. It has happened on numerous occasions that proposed legislation is referred to the Provincial Law Societies for comment. If a matter affects the profession throughout the country, it has to be considered by the Association.
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