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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 45

Rules of the Wellington Law Students Society

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Rules of the Wellington Law Students Society.

Name of Society.

The Society shall be called The Wellington Law Students Society.

The Society shall consist of Ordinary and Honorary Members.

Composition of Society.

Any Clerks engaged or connected with the study or practice of the law shall be eligible to become ordinary members of the Society. Any Barrister or Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand shall be eligible to become in honorary member of the Society.

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Objects of Society.

The objects of the Society are:—To aid members in the study of the law by the formation of a Student's library by having lectures upon legal subjects, and by debating such lectures and legal subjects generally.

General Management.

The general affairs of the Society shall be managed by Committee.


There shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and Treasurer who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Society and shall hold office for one year as until the election of their successors.

There shall also be two auditors elected annually to audit the accounts.

In case of a vacancy occurring in any of such offices to Committee shall appoint a successor in each case who shall hold office until the next General Annual Meeting.


The Committee shall consist of nine members of [unclear: wh] the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be ex officio members. Three of the Committee shall form quorum. The five members shall be elected at the [unclear: Ann] General Meeting and shall hold office for one year, and [unclear: un] the election of their successors.

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In the event of a vacancy occurring in the Committee the remaining members of the Committee shall fill up the vacancy for the unexpired term of office.

The Committee shall keep minutes of the meetings and proceedings.


Members shall be elected by general ballot. Candidates for admission may be proposed at any ordinary meeting. Each candidate must be proposed by one member and seconded by another. The ballot shall take place at the meeting next after the meeting at which the candidate is proposed. One black ball in five to exclude.

On the election of a new member, the Secretary shall notify to him such election, and the amount of the quarterly subscription payable by him


There shall be no entrance fee payable, and the subscription shall be five shillings, payable quarterly, in advance.

No newly elected member shall enjoy the privileges of the Society until he shall have first paid his first quarterly subscription.

If any member shall fail to pay any quarterly subscription within two months after it shall become payable he shall cease to be a member of the Society.

The subscription of honorary members of the Society shall be two guineas payable annually.

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Annual General Meeting.

An Annual General Meeting shall be held on the first Tuesday in the month of September in each year.

At such annual meeting the Committee shall present report of the position and progress of the Society during the past year, and the Treasurer shall also present a balance sheet showing the financial condition of the Society, such balance sheet having been previously audited.

The election of Officers and Committee for the ensuing year shall then take place.

Ordinary Meetings.

Ordinary meetings shall be held on every alternate Tuesday evening, at eight o'clock, provided that it shall be competent for the Committee, or a majority of the members present at any meeting, to alter the time for the holding of any meeting, or to convene additional meetings. The meeting shall be presided over by the President, if present, and in the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall occupy the chair, or if the Vice-President shall not be present, the meeting shall elect a Chairman.

The order of business at each Ordinary Meeting shall be as follows:—
(a)Minutes of previous meeting shall be read, amended, if incorrect, and confirmed.
(b)The names of new members shall be enrolled.
(c)Ballot for the election of new candidates.page 5
(d)Nomination of candidates.
(e)Correspondence and General Business.

None but ordinary members shall speak at any meeting, [unclear: ess] invited so to do by the Chairman.

Extraordinary Meetings.

The Committee may call additional meetings whenever it ly be deemed necessary.


Visitors connected with the profession may be admitted meetings on production of an order to that effect, signed any two of the Committee.


Each member shall be entitled to one vote.

The Chairman of a meeting shall have a casting vote

Votes must be given personally only.


(a)No member may speak twice to a question except in explanation or reply,
(b)A member who has spoken to a question may again be heard to explain himself in regard to some motional part of his speech, but not to introduce any new matter.
(c)A reply will be allowed to the opener of any debate.
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Alteration of Rules.

No new rule, or alteration, or repeal of any existing rule shall be made unless notice thereof shall have been given the preceding meeting.

Roll of Members.

A roll of members shall be kept by the Secretary, and a names of the present, and all future members of the Society shall be inscribed therein.

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