Committee Charter

 

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMITTEE

  1. AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

    The Professional Standards Committee (PSC) is the committee of the Association which deals with (collectively standards matters):

    1. risk management by the Association and by individual members;
    2. the 5 year risk management plan;
    3. the Professional Standards Scheme.
  2. FUNCTIONS

    The PSC is responsible for:

    1. overall responsibility for the development, review, amendment and implementation of the 5 Year Risk Management Plan;
    2. overall responsibility for the implementation and administration of the Professional Standards Scheme;
    3. overall responsibility for compliance by the Association with the requirements of the Professional Standards Act and of the Professional Standards Council;
    4. assessing and where possible identifying, developing and implementing further methods of measuring awareness of and compliance with the barristers rules beyond unsatisfactory and unprofessional conduct findings in accordance with the< 5 year risk management plan;
    5. assessing and where possible identifying, developing and implementing further methods of measuring the effectiveness and awareness of the complaints and discipline systems and voluntary mediation services by members in accordance with the 5 year risk management plan;
    6. monitoring the scope and effectiveness of Law Claims advice and support in relation to risk management strategies by members;
    7. providing advice and support to members in relation to risk management strategies by members;
    8. monitoring the adoption by Scheme Participants of risk assessment and risk management strategies;
    9. monitoring the reach and effectiveness of the risk management education program and website information in accordance with the 5 year risk management plan;
    10. monitoring the scope and effectiveness of Law Claims and Professional Standards Committee’s advice and support in relation to risk management strategies by members in accordance with the 5 year risk management plan;
    11. monitoring and spot checking disclosure by members to clients and prospective clients of the existence of the Professional Standards Scheme in accordance with the 5 year risk management plan;
    12. assessing annually the effectiveness of the Association’s strategy concerning risk management by members,
    13. assessing annually the effectiveness of the Association’s quality assurance and audit strategy;
    14. monitoring and spot checking implementation by each of the other bodies responsible for implementation of the Association’s risk management strategies;
    15. reporting annually to the Professional Standards Council;
    16. reviewing the scope of its activities and of this charter.
  3. CONSULTATION WITH PRESIDENT

    The PSC consults with the President:

    1. prior to any proposed dealings with the ABA or LCA;
    2. as necessary or desirable.
  4. MEETINGS

    The PSC meets:

    1. at least bi-monthly on the first Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October and December or on such substitute days or more frequently as is determined by the Chair;
    2. on such other occasions convened by the Chair as are desirable to perform its functions;
    3. in person or by telephone conference as is determined by the Chair.

    The quorum for a meeting is 3 members of the PSC. The procedure at meetings is determined by the Chair.

    The PSC by its secretary maintains minutes of its meetings and forwards those minutes to the Association’s executive assistant within 7 days of each meeting.

  5. REPORTING

    The PSC reports:

    1. orally by its Chair (or nominee) to the Bar Council at each meeting of the Bar Council in even months and otherwise as appropriate;
    2. in writing annually to the AGM.
  6. WORKING GROUPS

    The PSC may form one or more working groups dedicated to specific aspects of its functions or specific projects.

    A working group comprises at least one person who is a member of the PSC and such other members of the Association as the PSC appoints.

  7. MEMBERSHIP

    The membership of the PSC comprises:

    1. the President;
    2. the Chair of the New Membership Committee;
    3. the Chair of the Members Services Committee;
    4. the Chair of the Professional Development Committee;
    5. the Chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee;
    6. such other members as are appointed.

The Bar Council may from time to time appoint or remove a person as a member of the PSC.