(6) From the date upon which the President ceases to hold office as such except when he has resigned in terms of Article 15(4) hereof he shall serve as Past President of the Society for a period of one year. If the Past President is not or if during his period of office he should cease to be a member of Council, he shall ex officio be a member of Council until the expiry of his period of office. The Past President may resign as provided in Article 15(4) hereof and shall cease to hold office if he ceases to be a member of the Society.
(7) The Council may at any meeting elect one of its number or a former one of its number to be Honorary Vice-President of the Society to hold office until the next annual election of members of Council and to carry out such duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Council. If the Honorary Vice-President is not a member of Council or if during his period of office he should cease to be a member of Council, he shall ex officio be a member of Council until the expiry of his period of office. An Honorary Vice-President shall not be eligible for re-election as such. An Honorary Vice-President may resign as provided in Article 15(4) hereof and shall cease to hold office if he ceases to be a member of the Society.
Admission of Honorary and Other Members of SocietySection 16. Honorary members of Society
(1) The Council may admit as an honorary member of the Society any person of distinction in the legal profession whether or not such person is or has been a member of the Society.
(2) Unless he is a member of the Society an honorary member shall have no right to vote at meetings of the Society or in elections of members of Council and shall not be liable in payment of any annual subscription to the Society. Section 17. Admission as members of solicitors exempt from holding practising certificates
The Council shall, on application and on payment of the annual subscription, admit as a member of the Society any solicitor who is exempt from taking out a practising certificate.
Honorary Presidents of SocietySection 18. Honorary Presidents
[Deleted by a Council Resolution to amend the Constitution of the Law Society of Scotland (effective May 2004).]
Secretary and staffSection 19. Secretary and staff
(1) The Council shall appoint a Secretary of the Society who shall be chief executive officer of the Council and it shall pay a suitable remuneration for his services and may make such provision for pension or other rights for his benefit as it thinks proper. The Secretary shall perform such duties as the Council may from time to time determine.
(2) The Council shall appoint such other staff as it thinks necessary for the efficient discharge of the functions of the Society and of the Council, and shall pay to every member of staff appointed under this Article suitable remuneration and may make such provision for pension or other rights for his benefit as it thinks proper.