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OPERATIONS UPDATE 

The Hamilton Law Association and Anthony Pepe Memorial Llibrary are unstaffed as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020,  and will remain so until further notice, on the advice of public health agencies and the Legal Information and Resource Network. Please follow the link for all of the updates from the The Hamilton Law Association regarding our library services, association services, and events and meetings. READ MORE HERE

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  • April 14 - POSTPONED Robert Hooper: A Casual Conversation
  • April 16 - POSTPONED Corporate Commercial Workshop
  • April 16 - POSTPONED Annual Dinner
  • April 22 - POSTPONED - Lexis Advanced Quicklaw and Practice Advisor Training Session
  • April 28 - POSTPONED Joint Insurance Seminar
  • April 30 - POSTPONED Family Law Lunchbucket: Customary Care
  • May 4 - POSTPONED CPD Roundtable: Civil Fraud
  • May 7 - POSTPONED Real Estate Workshop
  • May 13 - CANCELLED - Articling Reception
  • May 14 - POSTPONED Professionalism Seminar

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

MARCH 23 | OCA SCJ OCJ Small Claims Court Emergency Modified Procedures

Posted on: Mar 24, 2020

As you are aware, the Government of Ontario has enacted a declaration of a provincial emergency in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Ministry of the Attorney General’s Court Services Division continues to monitor and respond to the evolving situation.

To further protect the health and safety of all court users and to help contain the spread of COVID-19, we ask members of the legal profession and members of the public NOT to attend courthouses in person at this time, unless they are required to be in court for a hearing or to make an urgent filing in a civil, criminal or family matter.

All the Ontario courts have modified their procedures and practices as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more detailed information about these temporary procedures and practices, including the nature of urgent matters, please visit the websites for the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Superior Court of Justice, or the Ontario Court of Justice.

Parties may file Claims or Statements of Claim through the Small Claims Court online filing service, or the Civil Claims Online Portal for Superior Court of Justice civil matters. Limited family proceedings can also be filed electronically through the Ministry of the Attorney General’s website for filing divorce applications.

Please also be aware that on March 20, 2020, an order was made under s. 7.1(2) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act suspending certain limitation and other time periods for the duration of the emergency.

It is especially important that people do not attend an Ontario courthouse if:
• they have COVID-19-related symptoms, including but not limited to fever, coughing, sore throat, difficulty breathing, muscle aches;
• they have travelled outside Canada within the last 14 days; or
• they have been advised by a health professional or health authority to self-isolate.

Thank you for your assistance in protecting the health and well-being of all Ontarians and for your continued support and cooperation to ensure that urgent and priority legal matters can continue to be heard in our courts.

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Message from the President


The emergence and spread of COVID-19 is having a profound effect on the ways that all of us live and work. At the time of writing this article, Ontario has declared a State of Emergency, ordering a wide range of businesses to close, and prohibiting public gatherings of 50 or more people. The Federal government has temporarily closed the Canada-U.S. border to all non-essential travel, and has severely restricted international flights to Canada.

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, together with City of Hamilton, Hamilton Economic Development, Flamborough Chamber of Commerce and Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce have compiled a COVID19 Business Continuity and Recovery Information website to help residence navigate resources available to assist in this trying time. HLA Members are encouraged to visit the site and share its with your clients. For more information, visit https://www.hamiltonchamber.ca/covid19/. 

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Mark Giavedoni, President 2019-2020


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 Upper Canada 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.

This Web site is not intended to provide legal advice. It is intended to supply general information to our members. The information contained and distributed on this site does not contain any legal opinions and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Hamilton Law Association.

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