• 5th Annual Advocacy Skills Workshop

    February 1st, 2018
    12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    7th Floor Jurors' Lounge
    John Sopinka Courthouse
    (45 Main Street East, Hamilton)

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  • 16th Annual Estates & Trusts Seminar

    February 8th, 2018
    1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel - Grand Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton) 

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  • 13th Annual Commercial Litigation Seminar

    February 21st, 2018
    9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel - East Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton)

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  • Looking for a Lawyer in Hamilton?

    Search our Membership Directory by:
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    Area of Law
    LSUC Certified Specialist
    Language other than English

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  • Looking for a legal job in Hamilton?

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Library Services

General Information

The Anthony Pepe Memorial Law Library is named in honour of Anthony M. J. Pepe, President of the Hamilton Law Association in 1983-1984. The Library is operated by the Hamilton Law Association through an elected Board of Trustees and its Collections & Library Excellence Subcommittee, for the use of members of the Association, their students and staff, and visiting lawyers. The Library is funded through membership fees with the assistance of grants from the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Law Foundation of Ontario, and the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Hours: The Library is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Paid-up members of the Hamilton Law Association should apply to the staff for information on after-hours access.

Collection, Circulation & Inter-Library Loan

The Library has a good collection of Canadian and British case reports, digests and treatises, looseleaf services, Canadian statutes (federal and provincial), selected journals, C.L.E. materials, and government publications.

The Library‘s collection does not circulate. Books may be borrowed for courtroom use, or for short term office use at the discretion of the Librarian, and are to be returned to the library by 5:00 p.m. on the same day.

The Library staff will attempt to obtain photocopies, scans, or to borrow materials from other libraries by mail, email, courier or fax. Charges levied by the supplier are passed on to the borrower.

Interlibrary Loan Request Form

To request a book this in not in the HLA collection, complete and submit this form and we will endeavour to acquire it for you from on the other Ontario courthouse libraries.

Electronic Resources & Computer-Assisted Research

On all of the library’s computers, there is online access to LexisNexis Quicklaw, CanLII, O'Brien's, HeinOnline, Parliament of Canada, Department of Justice, E-Laws, Ontario Courts and WorldLII by clicking on the available icons. The Internet is available on the nine computers as well as on your laptop through the wireless connection.

We provide a computer-assisted search service. The Librarians will help to formulate the search and will act as the intermediary at the computer.

Photocopy, Fax & Binding Services

A coin-operated photocopier is available on the premises (35¢ per exposure, hst included). You may exchange for coins in the Library. You may also purchase a copy card (100 copies at $35, hst included). You may also photocopy using a control card and have us invoice your firm. Receipts will be provided if required.

A staffed photocopy service is also available, operating within the guidelines of the Copyright Act (60¢ per exposure). Simply telephone with your request and arrange for pick-up, delivery, or faxing the copies.

In addition to sending copies of library materials by fax, as mentioned above, the Library may also be used as a depot for sending or receiving fax transmissions. Charges for this service are based on the number of pages and the destination.

Binding of medical reports, trial briefs, casebooks etc., can be done in the Library.

Courtroom Aids

The Library has numerous items that can be borrowed for courtroom use, including a TV/DVD player, TV/VCR player, data video projector, and screens. An "Agreement to Repair or Replace Projector" must be signed by the borrower for the user of the projector. The Library also has a complete skeleton, a model of the spine, an x-ray illuminator, and various anatomical charts which can be borrowed for use in courtrooms in the building. Details are available from the staff.

Please send any comments and suggestions regarding our Library page to:


Laura Richmond, Law Librarian

Tel: 905-522-1563
Fax: 905-572-1188
Email: lrichmond@hamiltonlaw.on.ca

Lexis Advanced Quicklaw Now Available

Nov 04, 2016

The Anthony Pepe Memorial Library is equipped with the new Lexis Advanced Quicklaw platform!

Learn to search the broadest collection of Canadian primary and secondary sources using a refreshingly new design that features a streamlined single intuitive search box allowing you to search as you like.  As well, you will learn how selecting favorite sources or pre-search filters can help narrow your starting point.

Access extensive content coverage including Canadian Case Law; Case Summaries; Citators; Administrative Decisions; Acts; Regulations; Court Rules; Constitutions; Forms and Precedents; and Textbooks including Halsbury’s Laws of Canada.

Discover how to search by name, by source or topic, citation or keyword; navigate and refine search results; deliver documents; note up cases and statutes using the QuickCITE® Case Citator and the QuickCITE® Legislation Citator.

Discover how the ‘History Content Pod’ can help you streamline your workflow by viewing your search history, search terms, most recently opened documents, or, by viewing a graphical map of your search activities allowing you to jump right back into any part of your research.

See how highlighting and annotating can help you keep track of important and relevant material by saving them to customizable and sharable folders.

Download the complete user guide HERE.

To view instructional videos, click http://bit.ly/2foOjip