• Welcome to The Hamilton Law Association

    Learn about all of our upcoming events and CPD programs through our Education and Events page. 

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  • 34th Annual Joint Insurance Seminar

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Live Streamed

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  • Corporate Commercial Law Seminar

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Available Live Streamed

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  • Family Law Seminar

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020
    1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Available Remotely

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  • Emerging Issues in Real Estate Seminar

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Live Zoom Webinar

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  • Employment Law Seminar

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020
    2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    Live Zoom Webinar

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  • Hamilton Law Association Operations re. COVID-19 and Related Notices to the Profession

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Upcoming Events

October 8 - Corporate Commercial Law Seminar 
October 29 - Family Law Seminar
November 4 - Real Estate Seminar
November 5 - Women in the Law
November 12 - Employment Law Seminar
December 3 - 34th Annual Joint Insurance Seminar

HLA News

Commissioners for Taking Affidavits Act

Aug 13, 2020

ONTARIO REGULATION 431/20

ADMINISTERING OATH OR DECLARATION REMOTELY

Consolidation Period: From August 1, 2020 to the e-Laws currency date.

No amendments.

This is the English version of a bilingual regulation.

Remote administering of oath, declaration permitted

   1.  An oath or declaration may be taken by a deponent or declarant without being in the physical presence of the person administering the oath or declaration, if the following conditions are met:

    1.  The oath or declaration is being administered by an electronic method of communication in which the person administering the oath or declaration and the deponent or declarant are able to see, hear and communicate with each other in real time throughout the entire transaction.

    2.  The person administering the oath or declaration confirms the identity of the deponent or declarant.

    3.  A modified version of the jurat or declaration is used that indicates,

            i.  that the oath or declaration was administered in accordance with this Regulation, and

           ii.  the location of the person administering the oath or declaration and of the deponent or declarant at the time of the administering.

    4.  In the case of a commissioner to whom section 5 of the Act applies, the information on the stamp required to be used under that section appears on or in the document being signed.

    5.  The person administering the oath or declaration takes reasonable precautions in the execution of the person’s duties, including ensuring that the deponent or declarant understands what is being signed.

Records

   2.  Every person who administers an oath or declaration in accordance with section 1 shall keep a record of the transaction.

   3.  Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Regulation).

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

Commissioners for Taking Affidavits Act

Aug 13, 2020

ONTARIO REGULATION 431/20

ADMINISTERING OATH OR DECLARATION REMOTELY

Consolidation Period: From August 1, 2020 to the e-Laws currency date.

No amendments.

This is the English version of a bilingual regulation.

Remote administering of oath, declaration permitted

   1.  An oath or declaration may be taken by a deponent or declarant without being in the physical presence of the person administering the oath or declaration, if the following conditions are met:

    1.  The oath or declaration is being administered by an electronic method of communication in which the person administering the oath or declaration and the deponent or declarant are able to see, hear and communicate with each other in real time throughout the entire transaction.

    2.  The person administering the oath or declaration confirms the identity of the deponent or declarant.

    3.  A modified version of the jurat or declaration is used that indicates,

            i.  that the oath or declaration was administered in accordance with this Regulation, and

           ii.  the location of the person administering the oath or declaration and of the deponent or declarant at the time of the administering.

    4.  In the case of a commissioner to whom section 5 of the Act applies, the information on the stamp required to be used under that section appears on or in the document being signed.

    5.  The person administering the oath or declaration takes reasonable precautions in the execution of the person’s duties, including ensuring that the deponent or declarant understands what is being signed.

Records

   2.  Every person who administers an oath or declaration in accordance with section 1 shall keep a record of the transaction.

   3.  Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Regulation).

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.

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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