• 5th Annual Advocacy Skills Workshop

    February 1st, 2018
    12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    7th Floor Jurors' Lounge
    John Sopinka Courthouse
    (45 Main Street East, Hamilton)

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  • 16th Annual Estates & Trusts Seminar

    February 8th, 2018
    1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel - Grand Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton) 

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  • 13th Annual Commercial Litigation Seminar

    February 21st, 2018
    9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel - East Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton)

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Latest HLA News

Digital Service Enhancements in Ontario’s Courts

Posted on: Dec 01, 2017

Yesterday, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi launched an initiative to modernize Ontario’s courts and digitize justice services with the goal of "(increasing) access to justice and improve the way people interact with the justice system." Many of your members will be interested in these initiatives which are expected to roll out over the next several months. By and large, these are welcome announcements though, as always, there may be details and problems with particular elements or ideas. We would be very interested in hearing from members who have concerns on any aspect of this plan so that we can share those concerns with the Attorney General and his staff.

The plan announced by the Attorney General includes:

  •  Developing digital tools, such as online questionnaires and e-mail summonses, to make it faster and more convenient to go through the jury process;
  •  Expanding the civil filing online  pilot province wide to allow all Ontarians to file their civil claims online, 24/7, from any location;
  •  Developing a new digital service by spring 2018 to allow citizens to go online to look up the status of their traffic tickets and other provincial offences, and request early resolution meetings;
  •  Exploring online dispute resolution options to potentially allow people who receive a traffic or similar ticket to resolve matters from their computers or smart phones;
  •  Providing the option of filing joint divorce applications online by April 2018;
  •  Building an online dispute resolution platform model with the Landlord and Tenant Board to help identify and develop the right tools so that tenants and landlords in Ontario can avoid and resolve disputes without formal legal processes;
  • Funding start-ups that use artificial intelligence to develop solutions that help lawyers

 Working towards a fully electronic court which will include a feature whereby all parties to a case will have access to a digital platform that contains all court documents. (This will start as a pilot program in spring 2018.)

 Remote court appearances and remote access to defence counsel will be expanded.

Of course, the headline grabbing news from this announcement was that the AG has committed to having wi-fi in all courts by 2019, though he did acknowledge that because of the age of some courthouses, this will continue to be a challenge to deliver on.

A full copy of the plan can be accessed at this link.

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FOLA News

Digital Service Enhancements in Ontario’s Courts

Posted on: Dec 01, 2017

Yesterday, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi launched an initiative to modernize Ontario’s courts and digitize justice services with the goal of "(increasing) access to justice and improve the way people interact with the justice system." Many of your members will be interested in these initiatives which are expected to roll out over the next several months. By and large, these are welcome announcements though, as always, there may be details and problems with particular elements or ideas. We would be very interested in hearing from members who have concerns on any aspect of this plan so that we can share those concerns with the Attorney General and his staff.

The plan announced by the Attorney General includes:

  •  Developing digital tools, such as online questionnaires and e-mail summonses, to make it faster and more convenient to go through the jury process;
  •  Expanding the civil filing online  pilot province wide to allow all Ontarians to file their civil claims online, 24/7, from any location;
  •  Developing a new digital service by spring 2018 to allow citizens to go online to look up the status of their traffic tickets and other provincial offences, and request early resolution meetings;
  •  Exploring online dispute resolution options to potentially allow people who receive a traffic or similar ticket to resolve matters from their computers or smart phones;
  •  Providing the option of filing joint divorce applications online by April 2018;
  •  Building an online dispute resolution platform model with the Landlord and Tenant Board to help identify and develop the right tools so that tenants and landlords in Ontario can avoid and resolve disputes without formal legal processes;
  • Funding start-ups that use artificial intelligence to develop solutions that help lawyers

 Working towards a fully electronic court which will include a feature whereby all parties to a case will have access to a digital platform that contains all court documents. (This will start as a pilot program in spring 2018.)

 Remote court appearances and remote access to defence counsel will be expanded.

Of course, the headline grabbing news from this announcement was that the AG has committed to having wi-fi in all courts by 2019, though he did acknowledge that because of the age of some courthouses, this will continue to be a challenge to deliver on.

A full copy of the plan can be accessed at this link.

Contact

View All Job Opportunities

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December 20th - 21st | 8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m.
December 22nd | 8:30a.m. - 1:00p.m.
December 25th | Closed for Christmas
December 26th | Closed for Boxing Day
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December 29th | 8:30a.m. - 1:00p.m.
January 1st | Closed for New Year's Day
January 2nd | Regular Hours Begin

Message from the President

One of the priority items to come out of the HLA Members Survey was that the membership wants us to work to improve the public image of lawyers. Indeed, if you search for lawyer quotes, you will have no trouble finding negative characterizations:

• “The trouble with the law is lawyers” (Clarence Darrow)

• “It is better to become a mouse in a cat’s mouth than a man in a lawyer’s hands” (Unknown, Spanish Proverb)

• “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” (Henry VI, Part II, Act IV, William Shakespeare)

I decided to survey the Trustees with respect to their involvement in the community. The result was heartwarming. It produced the following list of organizations to which 10 members of the Board of Trustees have given their time in the last few years.....READ MORE


Robert Hooper, President 2017-2018

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 Upper Canada 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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