• 33rd Annual Joint Insurance Seminar

    Tuesday, April 30th, 2018
    8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    The Hamilton Convention Centre
    (1 Summers Lane, Hamilton)

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  • 14th Annual Commercial Litigation Law Seminar

    Wednesday, March 6th 2019
    9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel - East Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton)

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  • 2019 Family Law Seminar

    Thursday, April 4th, 2019
    1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    The Hamilton Convention Centre - Webster A & B
    (1 Summers Lane, Hamilton)

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Library Services

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 Upper Canada, 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.

Interlibrary Loan Request Form

To request a book that is not in the HLA's collection, complete and submit this form and we will try to borrow it for you from another courthouse library.

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.

Please send any comments and suggestions regarding our Library page to:


Laura Richmond, Law Librarian

Tel: 905-522-1563
Fax: 905-572-1188

New Resource: Litigation & Dispute Resolution Module on Lexis Practice Advisor

Feb 14, 2018

The HLA Library recently added the Litigation & Dispute Resolution module to our Lexis Practice Advisor subscription. It has a host of valuable practice notes, precedent documents, and checklists relating to all aspects of civil litigation, from Commencement and Pleadings all the way to Appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada.

One of the things practitioners get most excited about with Lexis Practice Advisor are the Calculators and Smart Charts. The Litigation & Dispute Resolution module offers several, including:


  • Date To Date: This calculator will compute the number of days, weeks, months or years between two dates.
  • Days of Service: This calculator will work out the effective date of service of pleading documents, based on the method of service employed and statutory holidays for the jurisdiction selected. It will also indicate the deadline for the subsequent step in the proceeding.
  • Interest on Judgment Debt: This calculator computes interest on a judgment debt (either damages or costs). The calculator utilizes the appropriate post-judgment interest rate based on the jurisdiction and date of judgment.

Smart Charts

  • Limitation Periods: Provides an overview of limitation of actions legislation across all Canadian common law jurisdictions. Simply select your desired topics, subtopics and jurisdictions. Your results will be displayed in a convenient chart format. Results include links to relevant legislation.
  • Rules of Civil Procedure: Provides an overview of key civil court rules across all Canadian common law jurisdictions. Simply select your desired topics, subtopics and jurisdictions. Your results will be displayed in a convenient chart format. Results include links to relevant legislation.

The Litigation & Dispute Resolution module also contains some practice management tips including guidance on marketing and business development, opening a practice, and effective file management and document retention.

Lexis Practice Advisor is accessible through any computer at the HLA Library. For more information, contact Laura Richmond at 905-522-1563.