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    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
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  • New Lawyers' Seminar

    Thursday, September 10th, 2020
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  • Corporate Commercial Law Seminar

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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  • Family Law Seminar

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020
    1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
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  • Emerging Issues in Real Estate Seminar

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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  • Employment Law Seminar

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020
    2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
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HLA News

FOLA’s POSITION ON LAW SOCIETY AMENDMENTS IN RESPONSE TO BILL C-75

Sep 16, 2019

It is well recognized that Bill C-75 has changed the landscape of who can act as agent for accused persons.

Section 802.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada prohibits attendance by agent on charges where the maximum sentence that can possibly be imposed on summary conviction is greater than six months. Exception is made where the defendant is a corporation or the agent is “authorized to do so under a program approved by the lieutenant governor in council of the province.”

Bill C-75 increased most maximum penalties for summary conviction offences to two years less a day.  The Bill also converted many formerly indictable offences into hybrid offences. 

As a consequence of Bill C-75, effective Sept. 19, paralegals and law students will effectively be shut out of criminal courts unless the province authorizes a program in accordance with sec. 802.1.

In response to Bill C-75, Attorney General Doug Downey wrote to Treasurer Malcolm Mercer advising that the Law Society was best positioned to determine the scope of legal services to be provided by licensees, including paralegals.  It was proposed that the Lieutenant Governor in Council of Ontario approve a program in accordance with section 802.1.

FOLA position on the LSO Amendments re C-75 - Sept 2019

The Hamilton Law Association supports and stands with Hamilton lawyers and paralegals in the call to end all forms of systemic racism and racial discriminationhttps://lso.ca/about-lso/initiatives/edi

Notices to the Profession and Other HLA News re. COVID-19

FOLA’s POSITION ON LAW SOCIETY AMENDMENTS IN RESPONSE TO BILL C-75

Sep 16, 2019

It is well recognized that Bill C-75 has changed the landscape of who can act as agent for accused persons.

Section 802.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada prohibits attendance by agent on charges where the maximum sentence that can possibly be imposed on summary conviction is greater than six months. Exception is made where the defendant is a corporation or the agent is “authorized to do so under a program approved by the lieutenant governor in council of the province.”

Bill C-75 increased most maximum penalties for summary conviction offences to two years less a day.  The Bill also converted many formerly indictable offences into hybrid offences. 

As a consequence of Bill C-75, effective Sept. 19, paralegals and law students will effectively be shut out of criminal courts unless the province authorizes a program in accordance with sec. 802.1.

In response to Bill C-75, Attorney General Doug Downey wrote to Treasurer Malcolm Mercer advising that the Law Society was best positioned to determine the scope of legal services to be provided by licensees, including paralegals.  It was proposed that the Lieutenant Governor in Council of Ontario approve a program in accordance with section 802.1.

FOLA position on the LSO Amendments re C-75 - Sept 2019

Message from the President

COWAN Kanata 2019

Kanata Cowan, President 2020-2021

I write my second President’s Report, summer is upon us and courts are on the verge of offering additional services with a planned partial reopening on July 6th. The COVID-19 global pandemic has both consumed us and informed us. Issues of poverty, care for the elderly and systemic racial inequality have been brought to the forefront of our thoughts as horrible injustices have occurred before our eyes on national news.

While words are never wholly adequate, at this time words may inspire and I have both the duty and the opportunity to write as the President of The Hamilton Law Association. At The Hamilton Law Association, we stand in solidarity with the rest of humanity in taking a stand against racism. The Hamilton Law Association and its Trustees are steadfast in their commitment to justice, inclusion, fairness, and equity. We unequivocally condemn racism, violence, and discrimination of any kind.

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The Hamilton Law Association

The Association’s affairs are governed by trustees and officers who ensure that Association undertakings are within the mandate and in the best interests of our legal community. The many valued volunteers who are members of the numerous committees within the structure of the HLA strive to represent our membership consistently and effectively. The Anthony Pepe Memorial Law Library, operated within the scope of the HLA, is one of the largest law libraries in Ontario and houses over 30,000 volumes.

The Hamilton Law Association continues to strive to educate and support its membership in the practice of law as well as to advocate for their interests as lawyers...

The staff of the Hamilton Law Association (HLA) Library cannot provide legal advice or research to members of the public directly. The HLA Library is a private library for the use of its members, and members of the Law Society of Ontario only. For information on finding legal help in Ontario please try the Bora Laskin Law Library's Guide to Finding Legal Help in Ontario, or to search for a lawyer practising in the Hamilton area try the HLA Find a Lawyer page.

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