Rules Of The Auckland Medico-Legal Society

  1. The Society shall be called “THE AUCKLAND MEDICO-LEGAL SOCIETY”.
  2. The object of the Society shall be the promotion of Medico-Legal knowledge in all its aspects. This object shall be attained by holding meetings at which papers shall be read and discussed, and by such other means as the Committee shall approve.
  3. The Society shall consist of qualified members of the legal and medical professions, and of such other persons as may be interested in Medico-Legal work.
  4. Every candidate for membership shall be proposed and seconded in writing by members of the Society and approved by the Committee.


  1. The Honorary Officers of the Society shall be:
    – A President
    – An Immediate Past President
    – A President-Elect who shall be a member of the profession other than that of which the President is a member.
    – A Treasurer
    – A Secretary
    – An Editor of Transactions
  2. The affairs of the Society shall be managed by a Committee, which shall consist of the Honorary Officers and four other members of the Society. Five shall form a quorum.
  3. The Honorary Officers shall be elected annually.
  4. (a) No nomination or ballot shall be necessary in the election of either President or Immediate Past President except in the case of a casual vacancy.
    (b) At the completion of a President’s terms of office he or she shall automatically be deemed to be elected Immediate Past President in place of the Immediate Past President then in office but a President creating a casual vacancy shall not become Immediate Past President.
    (c) At the completion of a President’s term of office the President Elect then in office shall automatically be deemed to be elected President for the ensuing year.
  5. Any casual vacancy occurring among the Honorary Officers of the Society may be filled by the Committee, but any person so chosen shall retain his office only until the next Annual Meeting.


  1. It shall be competent for any two members to nominate any member of the Society for election to the Committee or to any office other than that of President or Immediate Past President. The nomination must be sent in writing to the Secretary not less than four weeks before the Annual General meeting. All nominations, whether by the Committee or by individual members of the Society, shall be printed on the summons calling the Annual General Meeting. The provisions of this Rule may be dispensed with either in whole or part by a resolution of members present at the Annual General Meeting.
  2. An Annual General Meeting of the members of the Society shall be held on the date of the final paper or papers for the year, or, if so decided by the Committee, on the date of the final paper(s) for the year, at which a report of the proceedings, together with a statement of accounts duly audited, shall be presented, and the Officers of the Society and Members of the Council shall be elected.
  3. When requested by fifteen members the Secretary shall convene a Special General Meeting, which not less than seven days’ notice shall be given.
    (a) At the Annual General Meeting or at any Special General Meeting of the Society any member or former member of the Society may be elected a Life Member by the unanimous vote of the members then present provided not less than 14 days’ written notice of intention to nominate him or her shall have been given and that such nomination shall have been approved by the Committee.
  4. No rule shall be made, altered or rescinded, except by the Society in Special General Meeting.


  1. The Annual Subscription shall be payable as set by Committee each year for approval at the Annual General Meeting on election and on each succeeding first day of January.
  2. The membership of any member whose subscription is two years in arrears is terminated automatically, but any such member who shall pay his arrears may be reinstated by the Committee.

DATED this 8th day of April 2008.