• 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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  • Looking for a Lawyer in Hamilton?

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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

SEPTEMBER 3 | OCJ Notice Update

Sep 03, 2020

The OCJ has issued a Notice announcing virtual criminal case management courts will be starting in the following additional locations beginning on September 8, 2020:

  • Central East:  Barrie, Peterborough, Lindsay
  • Central West: Brantford, Milton, St. Catharines, Welland
  • East: Brockville, Cornwall, Perth
  • Northeast:  North Bay, Parry Sound, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury
  • Toronto: 1000 Finch, 2201 Finch
  • West: Chatham, Sarnia, London

 

Please see the full Notice here: Update – Additional Court Locations Commencing Virtual Criminal Case Management Appearances on September 8, 2020

 

Also, the OCJ has issued a revised Scheduling Notice that includes updates regarding the expansion of Family matters. As of September 14, additional listed court locations are expected to resume in-person family matters as permitted by the Scheduling Directive. As of September 28, 2020, OCJ will begin to resume hearing Applications, Motions to Change, and Family Responsibility Office matters.

Please see attached revised Family Scheduling Notice for details.

In addition to other updates covered in the revised Family Scheduling Notice, beginning September 28, 2020 and until further notice, all First Appearance Court/First Court Dates, as per rule 40(4) of the Family Law Rules before a clerk will be waived.  Parties and counsel will be asked to file a new waiver form. Please see the  revised Notice for additional important details, and find the supporting new Form, below.

COVID-19: Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (September 2, 2020)

First Appearance Court Waiver

 

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

SEPTEMBER 3 | OCJ Notice Update

Sep 03, 2020

The OCJ has issued a Notice announcing virtual criminal case management courts will be starting in the following additional locations beginning on September 8, 2020:

  • Central East:  Barrie, Peterborough, Lindsay
  • Central West: Brantford, Milton, St. Catharines, Welland
  • East: Brockville, Cornwall, Perth
  • Northeast:  North Bay, Parry Sound, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury
  • Toronto: 1000 Finch, 2201 Finch
  • West: Chatham, Sarnia, London

 

Please see the full Notice here: Update – Additional Court Locations Commencing Virtual Criminal Case Management Appearances on September 8, 2020

 

Also, the OCJ has issued a revised Scheduling Notice that includes updates regarding the expansion of Family matters. As of September 14, additional listed court locations are expected to resume in-person family matters as permitted by the Scheduling Directive. As of September 28, 2020, OCJ will begin to resume hearing Applications, Motions to Change, and Family Responsibility Office matters.

Please see attached revised Family Scheduling Notice for details.

In addition to other updates covered in the revised Family Scheduling Notice, beginning September 28, 2020 and until further notice, all First Appearance Court/First Court Dates, as per rule 40(4) of the Family Law Rules before a clerk will be waived.  Parties and counsel will be asked to file a new waiver form. Please see the  revised Notice for additional important details, and find the supporting new Form, below.

COVID-19: Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (September 2, 2020)

First Appearance Court Waiver

 

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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