• 32nd Annual Joint Insurance Seminar

    April 24th, 2018
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    The Hamilton Convention Centre     
    (1 Summers Lane Hamilton)

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  • Family Law Seminar

    April 5th, 2018
    1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Hamilton Convention Centre | Webster A & B 
    (1 Summers Lane, Hamilton)

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  • HLA Annual Dinner

    April 19th, 2018
    5:30 p.m. Cocktails | 6:30p.m. Dinner
    The Art Gallery of Hamilton
    (123 King Street West, Hamilton)

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Civil Claims Online Filing Service Online Tutorials

Dec 14, 2017

To help lawyers and their staff understand the Civil Claims Online Filing Service, we have asked the Ministry of the Attorney General to do a webinar for FOLA and local associations across Ontario.  The Ministry has offered two dates in January where any lawyer, or staff member can participate in a webinar/conference call to view the system and how it works. 

Please pass these dates along to your members and ask them to click onto either of these two meetings. 

Mon, Jan 15, 2018 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST

Please join my meeting from your computer at: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/195460421.

You can also dial in using your phone.  Canada: +1 (647) 497-9380

Access Code: 195-460-421

Wed, Jan 24, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Please join my meeting from your computer at: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/576366541.

You can also dial in using your phone.  Canada: +1 (647) 497-9350

Access Code: 576-366-541

First GoToMeeting? Let's do a quick system check: https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check.

If neither of these times work for some of your members, let us know.  The Ministry is happy to put on another presentation, if there is enough demand.

What's New

Province-wide launch of the civil claims online filing service

Nov 24, 2017

Civil claims online filing (http://ontario.ca/civilclaims) will be available across Ontario as of November 27, 2017, following a successful pilot of the service earlier this year for actions in the Superior Court of Justice in Brampton, London, Newmarket, Ottawa, Sudbury and Toronto.  Users of the service have expressed a high level of satisfaction with the service, describing the service as “fast,” “useful,” and of “high quality/reliable” and indicating that they would recommend the service.  

The civil claims service enables you to start a civil action online in the Superior Court of Justice — 24/7 — without visiting a courthouse.

With this service, users can submit the following documents for filing with the Superior Court of Justice online:

  • Statement of Claim
  • Notice of Action
  • Affidavit of Litigation Guardian of a Plaintiff under a Disability
  • Request for Bilingual Proceedings
  • Consent to File Documents in French.

The service allows lawyers to file a claim online easily. Lawyers don’t have to fill out the same identifying information every time they submit a claim for filing. The service also allows:

  • ·online payment of court fees by credit card or Interac;
  • delivery of a court-issued Statement of Claim or Notice of Action by email;
  • draft submissions to be saved and submitted at a later time; and
  • ·online transactions to be tracked (online access to a history of a user’s submissions, draft submissions and online fee payments).


Learn More

For more information, please visit ontario.ca/civilclaims. Attached is a poster listing the simplicity and benefits of the service, and a guide on how to set up a Justice Services Online account, which is required to access the civil claims online filling service. Please share this link, the poster and the guide with members of your organization.

The intention is to deliver a service that is responsive to the needs of the public and the legal community. We hope that you will find the civil claims online filing service to be an effective tool for your legal practice and for the members of your legal organization.

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback about the service, please contact Vaia Pappas, A/Director of the Operational Support Branch at vaia.pappas@ontario.ca.

Teraview Now Available on the Web - Hamilton

Nov 20, 2017

Teraview on the Web goes live in Hamilton (Wentworth) LRO 62 beginning January 8th, 2018. Hamilton will be one of the first regions in Ontario who will benefit from the new system roll-out.

Teraview is your secure one-stop solution to accessing data in the Government of Ontario’s land records database, and is used by lawyers, paralegals, title searchers, search houses, title insurers, financial institutions and government. You can perform searches, create and submit title documents for registration, view and print instruments, plans, official parcel registers and search for writs of execution quickly and easily, without having to visit a ServiceOntario Office. You can even access information after ServiceOntario office business hours.

Please note the schedule of dates below:

1. November 20, 2017 - Getting Started Tasks Begin
2. January 8, 2018 - Teraview on the Web goes live in your Region
3. February 19, 2018 - Teraview 9.0 is retired in your Region

For more information, please visit: http://www.teraview.ca/en/home/

Law Society Publishes Recommendations on Contingency Fees

Nov 15, 2017
The Law Society today released a report on transforming the way contingency fees are managed in Ontario’s legal professions. The report puts forward several recommendations to protect access to justice for the public, while ensuring protection from unscrupulous practices and unreasonable fees.

Introduced in Ontario over a decade ago, contingency fees provide members of the public with access to justice by allowing clients not to pay legal fees until a settlement or trial results in damages recovery. The lawyer or paralegal usually receives a fee calculated as a percentage of what is recovered.

“The existence of contingency fees is critical in opening the doors to justice for all Ontarians, no matter your financial situation,” says Malcolm Mercer, Chair of the Law Society’s Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues working group. “The recommendations we are proposing focus on transforming the way contingency fees work, providing equal access to justice for all individuals regardless of their ability to pay, while increasing clarity and visibility, and consumer protection.”


Latest Report to Convocation re. Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group

Nov 15, 2017
In this seventh report to Convocation, the Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group (“Working Group”) reports its recommendations to date to enhance the operation of contingency fees in Ontario.

The Working Group recommendations in the motion below (at paragraph 13) are rooted in the Law Society’s statutory duties, including its duties to act to “facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario”, “maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law” and act in a manner that protects the public interest.

Until 2002, the law in Ontario prohibited contingency fees. This changed with the decision of the Court of Appeal in McIntyre Estate which was followed by amendments to the Solicitors Act.

The Court of Appeal in McIntyre Estate made clear that the reason for the change permitting contingency fees was the need for access to justice. As the Court said at para. 55, “many individuals with meritorious claims are simply not able to pay for legal representation unless they are successful in the litigation.”


2018 Calendar of Courts

Oct 17, 2017
The 2018 calendar of Courts, Superior Court of Justice, at the John Sopinka Courthouse is now available online. VIEW HERE

Masters Circuiting John Sopinka Courthouse 2017- 2018 Schedule

Sep 21, 2017
Commencing the week of September 18th, 2017 the public and bar will have access to the services of a Master at the John Sopinka Courthouse. Please see the 2017-2018 schedule of dates below. Masters will appear on a one week basis, once a month, from Monday to Thursday. 

Week of, beginning:

2017: September 18th, October 16th, November 20th, December 18th

2018: January 15th, February 19th, March 19th, April 16th, May 21st, June 18th, July 16th, August 20th, September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, December 17th. 

More information and the official schedule can be found on The Hamilton Law Association website at http://www.hamiltonlaw.on.ca/court-info/court-info-forms

Please click the link below for the official memorandum with a list of matters that Masters can deal with. Please be advised that any matters that can be dealt with by a Master will likely be scheduled to be heard before a Master. MEMORANDUM

Upcoming Events

The Hamilton Law Association is pleased to present the following Upcoming Events:

April 05

Sub.:3.25 h Prof.: 0.0h

Family Law Seminar

The Hamilton Convention Centre
(1 Summers Lane)

For more information, please contact Karen Cooper at 905-522-1563 

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April 17

Sub: 1 hr; Prof: 0 hr

Retroactive Child Support

1:15 - 2:15 pm
Family Court, Courtroom #2
55 Main Street West


For more information, please contact Karen Cooper at 905-522-1563 

May 02

Sub: 1 hr; Prof: 0 hr

Fertility and Surrogacy Law

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Family Court, 55 Main Street West
Courtroom #2


For more information, please contact Karen Cooper 905-522-1563.

May 29

Sub: .75 hr; Prof. 0 hr

Lexis Advance Quicklaw Training

12:30-1:15 pm
Law Library
John Sopinka Court House


For more information or to register, contact the HLA Library Staff.

May 29

Sub: .75 hr; Prof: 0 hr

Lexis Practice Advisor Training

1:15-2:00 pm
Law Library
John Sopinka Court House


For more information or to register, please contact the HLA Library Staff.

For information on these events and others, please visit our Upcoming Events page.

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