VII Sections

38. National Sections

  1. Sections of the Association may be organized by Regulation for the study of particular areas of law or to serve a common interest group within the Association.
  2. Procedures and criteria for establishing, merging or dissolving National Sections may be defined by Regulation, in compliance with Part A of the Sections Regulation.

39. Branch Sections

  1. Sections of a Branch and may be organized by Regulation of the Branch for the study of particular areas of law or to serve a common interest group within the Branch.
  2. Procedures and criteria for establishing, merging or dissolving Branch Sections and local Sections within the Branch may be defined by Regulation or policy of the Branch, in compliance with Part A of the Sections Regulation.
  3. Sections in a Branch that does not adopt procedures and criteria under paragraph 39(2) will operate in compliance with Part B of the Sections Regulation.

40. Referrals

The Board of Directors shall refer special tasks and projects to relevant Sections and refrain from establishing special committees or task forces except under exceptional circumstances and shall rely on Sections to address and report on subjects and legislation important to the Association. 

41. Eligibility

  1. The President, Vice President and Branch Presidents are not eligible for election or appointment as Chair of a Section.
  2. The Chair of a Section is not eligible to hold the office of Chair of two or more National Sections at one time unless authorized by the Governance and Equality Committee.