PART 2 - Civil Section
Appointment and mandate
2(1) The Civil Section consists of those persons appointed by the constituent jurisdictions to participate in the activities of that Section.
2(2) The Civil Section shall carry out the mandate of the Conference in relation to matters of civil law.
Selection Committee - Civil Section
3(1) The immediate past Chair of the Civil Section, or the most recent past Chair of the Civil Section who is a member of the Conference shall establish and serve as Chair of a Selection Committee for the purpose of selecting an incoming Chair of the Civil Section.
3(2) The Selection Committee shall consist of the following members:
(a) the Chair of the Selection Committee;
(b) the President; and
(c) at least three members of the Civil Section.
3(3) The members referred to in clause (2)(c) shall be selected by the Chair of the Selection Committee in consultation with the jurisdictional representatives, taking into account regional and other interests represented in the Civil Section.
3(4) The Chair of the Selection Committee shall report the names of the members of the Selection Committee to the Civil Section as soon as the circumstances permit after the members are selected.
3(5) The jurisdictional representatives for the Civil Section may recommend persons for the office of incoming Chair to the Selection Committee, and the Committee shall consider those recommendations before selecting a person as incoming Chair.
3(6) A member of the Selection Committee is not eligible to serve as the incoming Chair of the Civil Section.
3(7) The Selection Committee shall provide the jurisdictional representatives for the Civil Section with the name of the person selected to serve as the incoming Chair of the Civil Section as soon as the circumstances permit after making the selection.
3(8) The Selection Committee shall present the Chair and incoming Chair of the Civil Section at the annual meeting.
Term of office – Section Chair
4(1) The Chair of the Civil Section shall hold office for a one-year term.
4(2) Despite subsection (1), the Chair of the Civil Section is eligible to be selected for a term of one additional year.
4(3) If, for any reason, the Chair of the Civil Section is unable to complete their term of office, the members of the Steering Committee shall designate a member from amongst themselves to serve as Chair of the Civil Section for the remainder of the unexpired term of office.
4(4) Time served in office under subsection (3) does not render a person ineligible to be selected for the same office on the expiry of the remainder of that term of office.
Steering Committee – Civil Section
5(1) The Chair of the Civil Section shall establish and serve as Chair of a Steering Committee for the Civil Section which shall consist of the following members:
(a) the Chair of the Committee;
(b) the incoming Chair of the Civil Section;
(c) the immediate past Chair of the Civil Section; and
(d) one member of the Civil Section from each constituent jurisdiction.
5(2) A vacancy on the Steering Committee does not impair the capacity of the Committee to act.
5(3) Subject to its Constitution, this by-law and the policies of the Conference, the Steering Committee of the Civil Section may do anything it considers appropriate to carry out the mandate of the Civil Section including but not limited to the following:
(a) providing support to the Chair of the Civil Section in planning the annual meeting of the Civil Section and assisting the Chair in setting the agenda for that meeting;
(b) liaising with the constituent jurisdictions and any relevant committees and organizations concerning the activities of the Civil Section;
(c) establishing the committees and working groups that it considers appropriate;
(d) subject to subsection 34(2), adopting rules of procedure and policies governing the activities of the Civil Section;
(e) amending uniform acts, model acts, statements of legal principles or documents setting out legislative proposals, only if an amendment is required to remove ambiguities or to correct technical errors; and
(f) providing instruction to the jurisdictional representatives of the Civil Section.
5(4) The Chair of the Civil Section may invite any person to serve on a working group.
Secretary of Civil Section
6 The incoming Chair of the Civil Section shall serve as Secretary of the Civil Section.
7(1) The Executive Director shall, on behalf of the President, invite each constituent jurisdiction to appoint a person to be the jurisdictional representative for the Civil Section.
7(2) The jurisdictional representatives shall represent and serve the interests of the Civil Section in their jurisdictions, including but not limited to the following:
(a) organizing the jurisdictional delegations in preparation for meetings of the Civil Section;
(b) enabling the work of the Civil Section to be brought to the attention of the constituent jurisdiction;
(c) promoting, monitoring and advancing the implementation of the work of the Civil Section in the constituent jurisdictions as appropriate; and
(d) providing information and advice to relevant or interested persons as appropriate.