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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
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  • 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
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  • May 14 - POSTPONED Professionalism Seminar

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

MARCH 24 | Notice to the Legal Profession re. Civil Claims Online Service

Posted on: Mar 24, 2020

Lawyers and litigants are encouraged to use Civil Claims Online to file eligible documents and to receive electronically issued documents in Superior Court of Justice civil actions.

Civil Claims Online can be accessed at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/file-civil-claim-online.

Document filing fees can be paid through the system. The documents which can be filed through Civil Claims Online are set out in Rule 4.05.1 of the Rules of Civil Procedure and are listed below.

This service should not be used to file documents in a proceeding that has been declared by the judiciary to require an urgent hearing pursuant to the Superior Court of Justice's Notice to the Profession, the Media and the Public dated March 15, 2020 or pursuant to the Commercial List Users Committee Notice dated March 16, 2020. Civil

Claims Online was expanded on March 23, 2020 to allow more documents to be filed online:

• Jury Notice (Form 47A)
• Statement of Defence and Counterclaim (Forms 18A and 27A)
• Statement of Defence and Crossclaim (Forms 18A and 28A)
• Defence to Crossclaim (Form 28B)
• Defence to Counterclaim (Form 27C)
• Third, Fourth or Subsequent Party Claim or a claim by a defendant to a counterclaim or crossclaim (Form 29A)
• Third, Fourth or Subsequent Party Defence (Form 29B)
• Certificate of Action under the Construction Act s.36 (Form 14 under the Construction Act)
• Notice of Discontinuance (Form 23A)
• Consent to Discontinuance filed for the purposes of clause 23.01(1)(c).

The expansion enables the electronic delivery of more court issued documents:
• A third, fourth or subsequent party claim (Form 29A).
• A certificate of action under section 36 of the Construction Act (Form 14 under that Act).

Documents available for online filing prior to the expansion:
• Statement of Claim (Form 14A, Form 14B or Form 14D)
• Notice of Action (Form 14C)
• Affidavit of Litigation Guardian of a Plaintiff under a Disability (Form 4D)
• Request for Bilingual Proceedings (Form 1)
• Consent to file documents in French
• Statement of Defence (Form 18A)
• Notice of Intent to Defend (Form 18B)
• Consent or Court Order (Form 59A) required in support of filing a document online
• Proof of Service for documents filed online (Form 16B, 16C, 17A, 17B, 17C or any documents listed in r. 16.09).

Documents available for electronic delivery prior to the expansion:
• Statement of Claim (Form 14A, Form 14B or Form 14D)
• Notice of Action (Form 14C)

The use of the Civil Claims Online system to electronically file and issue additional civil court documents was authorized by O. Reg. 456/19, amending the Rules of Civil Procedure, filed on December 19, 2019 and in force on March 23, 2020.

Rules 4.05 and 4.05.1 of the Rules of Civil Procedure apply to the use of Civil Claims Online.

A Justice Services Online account is required to access the service.
Feedback can be offered through the “Rate Our Service” survey on the service and civilclaimsonline@ontario.ca.

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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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