The governance and business of the Society is overseen by regular meetings of the elected Governing Benchers of the Inn (“the Bench”) in accordance with the rules of governance (“Bench Table Orders”). The majority of the Governing Benchers of the Inn are practising barristers.
The Bench meet as a “Parliament” primarily for the purposes of electing the Treasurer and/or Reader, and to approve calls to the Bar. The Bench meet as a “Bench Table” for the purpose of transacting any other business not conducted at a Parliament as above (Bench Table Order 16: Parliaments and Bench Table Order 17: Bench Tables).
The Bench Table approve each year the appointment of Governing Benchers to sit on all Committees and as Masters of the Society (Bench Table Order 18: Committees, Officers and Representatives of the Society).