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

MAY 6 | Notice to the Profession: SCJ Continued Suspension of In-Court Matters to July 6, 2020

May 06, 2020

To protect the health and safety of all court users and to help contain the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (SCJ) suspended in-person hearings, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and until further notice.  Only certain matters would be heard virtually, by way of telephone or videoconference hearing.

Effective April 6, 2020, the SCJ expanded the scope of its virtual operations.  Regional Notices to the Profession were issued identifying which matters would be heard in each region in-writing, or by telephone or video conference hearings.

On April 20, 2020, the SCJ issued a further Notice to the Profession advising that the Court will not recommence criminal or civil jury selection or jury trials until September 2020, at the earliest.

Given the on-going public health situation due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty as to when it will be safe to return to courthouses, the SCJ will not resume in-person hearings of other matters until July 6, 2020, at the earliest.  It will, however, continue to hear matters virtually, and expects to shortly further expand the scope of matters that will be heard virtually.

The Executive of the Court has been working closely with the Ministry of the Attorney General, the profession and other justice partners to expand the scope of matters that can be heard virtually.  The Superior Court of Justice continues to work to deliver access to justice during these difficult times.

Geoffrey B. Morawetz,
Chief Justice.

Message from the President

COWAN Kanata 2019

Kanata Cowan, President 2020-2021

Thank you for my acclamation as the 78th President of The Hamilton Law Association during these unprecedented, challenging, and uncertain times. Having spent a number of years in various roles and positions volunteering with The Hamilton Law Association, I am honoured to now lead the organization through the global COVID-19 pandemic and ensure its continued strength and vibrancy. It is more important than ever that The Hamilton Law Association continue to play the significant and robust role, in the legal traditions of the City of Hamilton and the Province of Ontario, that it has for one hundred and forty-one years.

As a Family Lawyer tucked away in the outskirts of Hamilton, I recognize that some of the membership may not have had a chance to meet me. I am a Henderson Hospital born Hamiltonian. I attended both public school and high school on the mountain and I am a proud graduate of McMaster University. I studied Law at the University of New Brunswick and I have practised in Hamilton since articling and my call to the bar.

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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...

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