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Constitution Review Consultation Paper #4

Role and Composition of the Jurisdictional Committees

Jurisdictions are the lifeblood of the College and s.15 of the current Constitution outlines the establishment, roles, and procedural requirements of jurisdictions and Jurisdictional Committees. The current Constitution is not clear about the relationship between the two and does not directly link the role of the Jurisdictional Committee with the functions attributed to the jurisdiction. The College has attempted to link the two using terms of reference for the committees and Position Descriptions for roles such as Jurisdictional Coordinator of Training (JCT). There are significant differences between the jurisdictions including the number of Members, some have financial reserves, and some have developed their own terms of reference and additional roles within the committees to best serve their jurisdiction.

Jurisdictions and their committees are not separate corporate entities from RACMA, and therefore may not open bank accounts, sign contracts, or generally make arrangements or statements on behalf of RACMA without approval of the RACMA Board.

The Constitution currently lists the following as the roles of the jurisdiction:

The Constitution describes Jurisdictional Committees in the following way:

Each jurisdiction must elect a Committee consisting of a chairperson who is a Fellow, and at least three other Members, as determined by the jurisdiction:

The Constitution is prescriptive in terms of the requirements for the Jurisdictional Committees including:

Furthermore, the Constitution requires a meeting between the Board and the Chairpersons of the Jurisdictional Committees at least annually and is prescriptive about how the agenda and minutes of such a meeting are conducted.

There are no requirements for term lengths of committee members or for roles such as JCT or CPD Coordinator formalised in the Constitution.

Retaining such prescriptive requirements for jurisdictions, Jurisdictional Committees, and RACMA provides no room for flexibility, innovation, and responsiveness to the needs of the jurisdictions or the College.

Recommended amendments

  1. Reference to the Jurisdictions and Jurisdictional Committees to remain in the Constitution.
  2. The operational detail of the Jurisdictional Committees to be transferred from the Constitution to newly authored ‘College Regulations’.
  3. The new ‘College Regulations’ to include items such as approved terms of reference and position descriptions for key roles such as Chair, Jurisdictional Coordinators of Training and CEPD Coordinator.
  4. Jurisdictional Committee matters such as elections and maximum terms should be discussed when the new College Regulations are drafted

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