• 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?

    Search our Membership Directory by:
    First & Last Name
    Area of Law
    LSUC Certified Specialist
    Language other than English

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  • Looking for a legal job in Hamilton?

    Search our Careers Page for:
    Jobs for Lawyers & Support Staff
    Seeking jobs for Lawyers & Support Staff
    Seeking jobs for Articling & Summer Students
    Seeking Volunteer Positions

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Library Services

Free Access to Online Resources During COVID-19

The HLA Library is pleased to announce that our members can get free access to the following research services during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

  • LexisAdvance Quicklaw
  • Lexis Practice Advisor
  • WestlawNext Canada

Please email lrichmond@hamiltonlaw.on.ca for information on how to register.

Library Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic situation has dramatically changed. Please see below for all of the updates from the The Hamilton Law Association regarding our library services, association services, and events and meetings:

  • The library is 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.
  • If the Courthouse is open, our doors remain unlocked but please note the following:
    • Photocopy services will be available through our coin-op machine in the staff printing room;
    • Printing services will be available provided that printing be recorded on the after hours log next to the front office photocopier; 
    • Regular disinfecting is not being carried out (including the public computers and copy room supplies), so use with caution and follow Hamilton Public Health guidelines to protect yourself and others;
    • Online legal research assistance can be provided by e-mail only. Please email Law Librarian Laura Richmond at either lrichmond@hamiltonlaw.on.ca or reference@hamiltonlaw.on.ca. Online case law and research databases, such as Advanced Quicklaw, Practice Advisor, Rangefindr, and O'Brien's Forms, are available on all computers in the Anthony Pepe Memorial Library.

General Information

The Anthony Pepe Memorial Law Library is named in honour of Anthony M. J. Pepe, President of the Hamilton Law Association in 1983-1984. The Library is operated by the Hamilton Law Association through an elected Board of Trustees and its Collections & Library Excellence Subcommittee, for the use of members of the Association, their students and staff, and visiting lawyers. The Library is funded through membership fees with the assistance of grants from the Law Society of Ontario, the Law Foundation of Ontario, and the Ministry of the Attorney General.

The Library is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Paid-up members of the Hamilton Law Association should consult HLA staff for information on after-hours access.

Members of the Public
The Library is open to members of the public on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., by appointment only. Please contact HLA Library staff to make an appointment.

Electronic Resources & Research

You can use the library's computers to access online resources like Lexis Advance Quicklaw, CanLII, O'Brien's Forms Online, Lexis Practice Advisor, HeinOnline, and RangeFindr. We have Wifi available throughout the entire library should you wish to bring your own laptop or device.

We are happy to assist you with any questions you have regarding legal research. The Librarian can work with you to formulate your keyword searches and help you get the best possible results from our free and fee-based research tools, or point you toward any print materials we have on hand (or could borrow for you from another library).

We are also available to provide research support to HLA members by remotely by phone, fax, or email. 

Collection, Circulation & Inter-Library Loan

The Library has a good collection of Canadian and British case reports, digests and treatises, looseleaf services, Canadian statutes (federal and provincial), selected journals, C.L.E. materials, and government publications.

The Library‘s collection does not circulate. Books may be borrowed for courtroom use, or for short term office use at the discretion of the Librarian, and are to be returned to the library by 5:00 p.m. on the same day.

The Library staff will attempt to obtain photocopies, scans, or to borrow materials from other libraries by mail, email, courier or fax. Charges levied by the supplier are passed on to the borrower.

Photocopy, Fax & Binding Services

A coin-operated photocopier is available on the premises (35¢ per exposure, hst included). You may exchange for coins in the Library. You may also purchase a copy card (100 copies at $35, hst included). You may also photocopy using a control card and have us invoice your firm. Receipts will be provided if required.

A staffed photocopy service is also available, operating within the guidelines of the Copyright Act (60¢ per exposure). Simply telephone with your request and arrange for pick-up, delivery, or faxing the copies.

In addition to sending copies of library materials by fax, as mentioned above, the Library may also be used as a depot for sending or receiving fax transmissions. Charges for this service are based on the number of pages and the destination.

Binding of medical reports, trial briefs, casebooks etc., can be done in the Library.

Courtroom Aids

The Library has numerous items that can be borrowed for courtroom use, including a TV/DVD player, data video projector, and screens. An "Agreement to Repair or Replace Projector" must be signed by the borrower for the user of the projector.

The Library also has a complete skeleton, a model of the spine, an x-ray illuminator, and various anatomical charts which can be borrowed for use in courtrooms in the building. Details are available from the staff.


Reference & Library Staff Mailbox


Ontario Courthouse Libraries Association (OCLA) Web App Now Available

Mar 01, 2019

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The Ontario Courthouse Libraries Association (OCLA) is excited to roll-out our new mobile-device-friendly site. The new website is designed to be a lawyer-centric portal to the County and District Law Libraries in the province. We’ve packaged the individual law library profiles into one convenient site, offering an easy-to-digest overview of the information, and services being offered. Some of the features include:

•             Highly visible quick link icons to contact information, location-based mapping, weather, and Association websites.

•             Quick catalogue access to diverse resources, directly from the home page.

•             A persistent header with a drop-down menu for easy navigation by Association or city.

•             Find information about hours, access, electronic resources, parking, robing rooms, lounge facilities, value added extras, and more.

Enhance your travel experience to another jurisdiction by visiting http://oclanet.com/webapp/