NEWS & PUBLICATION

COVID-19 and Court houses

15/10/2020

Our partner, the Federation of Ontario Law Association (FOLA), participates in a weekly meeting with senior courthouse staff (OCJ, SCJ, and Ontario Court of Appeal) to discuss the issues affecting the profession and clients access to justice, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, and will be our voice at the table.

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COVID-19 UPDATES FOR LAWYERS

13/10/2020

TLA is monitoring the LSO, MAG and other organizations for updates of particular interest to lawyers, regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. While we will provide news in the TLA Update and Friday Focus, all information will be centralized on this page and accessible whenever you need it.

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Billards with the Bar - 2021

13/10/2020

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Judicial Vacancy – Newmarket

01/10/2020

Judicial Vacancy
Newmarket  – Criminal Law

Deadline - Wednesday October 21, 2020

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2 Judicial Vacancies - Thunder Bay

21/09/2020

Judicial Vacancies: 

THUNDER BAY (1) – criminal

THUNDER BAY (1) – 50% criminal / 50% family

Deadline - Tuesday October 6, 2020

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Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee (JPAAC)

21/09/2020

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The High Cost of Low-Cost Online Insurance

21/09/2020

By Lawyers Financial 

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TLA response to MAG proposal to move to Mandatory Mediation and a One Judge Model

11/09/2020

Submission sent on September 11, 2020 to The Honourable Doug Downey, MPP Attorney General

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TLA response to LSO proposal to remove fee exemption for practitioners over 65 years of age

10/09/2020

Submission sent on September 8, 2020 to James Varro, Director, Office of the CEO and Corporate Secretary, Law Society of Ontario.

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TLA Submission Re: Urgent need for funding for Legal Aid Ontario

04/09/2020

Submission sent on September 3, 2020 to The Honourable David Lametti - Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

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Lawyers, needing lawyers (or students or other juniors).

30/07/2020

By Joan Rataic-Lang, executive director and library director of the Toronto Lawyers Association.

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What a new routine could mean for you

24/07/2020

By Lawyers Financial - We don’t pretend to know what the future holds but we do see some changes to the daily routine that could affect your practice in positive ways.

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TLA Submission to MAG Re: Virtual Commissioning Regulations

23/07/2020

We are in receipt of MAG’s “Proposal to establish a regulatory framework that enables virtual acts of commissioning”, posted on July 14, 2020, and wish to offer some constructive feedback.

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TLA Submissions RE: Possible Amendments to the Courts of Justice Act and Potential Elimination of Civil Jury Trials in Ontario (Your Reference No. M-2020-6430)

16/06/2020

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A Statement of Solidarity in the Wake of Loss

08/06/2020

The Roundtable of Diversity Associations (RODA) expresses its sorrow and revulsion by recent acts of anti-Black violence across North America.

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Re: Toronto Civil Chambers Appointments and case conferences

12/05/2020

We have received some queries regarding the TLA Special Communication we sent: Toronto Civil Chambers Appointments and Case Conferences.  The response from the Court is as follows.

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COVID-19 and Legal Aid Ontario Update

21/04/2020

All Legal Aid Ontario information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak will be centralized on this page and accessible whenever you need it.

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Legal Industry Facing Sea Change

15/04/2020

By Joan Rataic-Lang, Executive Director/Library Director, Toronto Lawyers Association

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Job searching – We got you covered

14/04/2020

Job Seeker Strategies

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Message from RSJ Firestone

14/04/2020

We are in unprecedented times as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To protect the health and safety of all court users and to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus,

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Scheduling in the age of Covid-19

07/04/2020

On March 15, 2020, the Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued a Notice to the Profession (the “Notice”)

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Expansion of SCJ’s virtual court operations in each region, effective April 6, 2020

03/04/2020

To protect all court users during the COVID-19 crisis, all but urgent hearings in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (SCJ) were suspended, effective March 17, 2020.

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Important Notice to Court Users Regarding Ontario Court of Justice Proceedings During COVID-19

30/03/2020

Please see message below and attached Notices on behalf of Chief Justice Maisonneuve sent on March, 28, 2020.

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How to move matters forward in the civil justice system until normal operations are restored – case comment

23/03/2020

By Ranjan Das and Peter Smiley

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*Important message* TLA response to COVID-19 - UPDATE

13/03/2020

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Ontario to Fill Judicial Vacancies Faster

28/02/2020

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Job Searching in 2020 is easier than ever

06/01/2020

Get to the right job faster.

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Message from David Field, President and CEO, LAO Legal Aid Ontario

11/12/2019

Recently, the provincial government introduced a bill entitled Legal Aid Services Act, 2019. We believe that this bill places Legal Aid Ontario—including its service providers—in a better position for the future delivery of legal aid services.

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Do a solid for charity, cue up team for Billiards with the Bar

08/11/2019

Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) executive director Joan Rataic-Lang is hoping those in the legal profession will take the cue and sign up for Billiards with the Bar: Chalk One Up Against Hunger  2019 in support of Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry.

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TLA response to “Putting Drivers First: $2M Catastrophic Impairment Default Benefit Limit” Consultation Paper

17/09/2019

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TLA response to “Putting Drivers First: Care, Not Cash” Consultation Paper

17/09/2019

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Estate and Insurance Planning Impliations of Medical Assistance in Dying

03/09/2019

By Suzana Popovic-Montag and Nick Esterbauer, Hull & Hull LLP | A major turning point with respect to the legality of physician-assisted death (also known as medical assistance in dying, or "MAID" for short) came in 2015 with the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Carter v Canada (Attorney General).  

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Internet Defamation: Observations on Magno v. Balita

03/09/2019

By David Potts, Barrister | On May 23, 2018, Justice Ferguson of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a decision involving a claim for internet defamation or “cyberlibel”.

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Courthouse Library 'data hounds' hunt down research for lawyers

31/08/2019

The Courthouse Library, run by the Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA), ensures equal access to justice

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Court House Amalgamation

28/08/2019

Update August 2019

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LAO restores immigration and refugee services for the remainder of the year

13/08/2019

Effective Immediately

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Notice from the Ontario Government

13/08/2019

Notice from the Ontario Government regarding a new program that will allow law students, lawyer licensing candidates & Paralegals to continue to appear in court

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Civil and Family Courts Amalgamation - June 2019 Update

24/07/2019

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TLA courthouse libraries the ‘great equalizer’ for lawyers

17/07/2019

Lawyers looking to do research can find the information and professional support they need at the Toronto Lawyers Association’s Courthouse Library.

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Real Estate Update June 2019 - Planning Act Lender Client Plenary Report

10/06/2019

The Law Society is seeking input on proposed amendments to clarify the meaning of ‘finance company’ in the Rules of Professional Conduct. Written submissions are due by June 30, 2019

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TLA SUBMISSIONS TO LSO PROFESSIONAL REGULATION COMMITTEE

30/05/2019

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Addressing legal aid cuts, new courthouse top TLA priorities

17/05/2019

As in 1885, when it was founded, a proposed courthouse is again a priority for the Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA), new TLA president Margaret Waddell says.

Founded as the County of York Law Association, its members at the time pushed for the construction of a new courthouse at what is now Old City Hall, she says. 

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TLA responds to the LSO Access to Justice Consultation

09/05/2019

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'Distinguished' Court of Appeal justice Sharpe to speak at TLA event

02/05/2019

The Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) has secured a dynamic speaker and one of the best legal minds in the province for an upcoming event that promises to be an informative night for members, TLA executive director Joan Rataic-Lang tells AdvocateDaily.com

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133rd AGM: Remarks by Joan Rataic-Lang, Executive Director of the Toronto Lawyers Association.

23/04/2019

Estee Lauder said, “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”
I think that should be our moto too.

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New Scales of Justice bike rack

23/04/2019

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133rd AGM: Remarks by Dirk Derstine, Outgoing President of the Toronto Lawyers Association.

23/04/2019

This past year has been a very busy one for the TLA. All worked hard to make this one of the most dynamic years in my time at the TLA.

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TLA honours justice and lawyer during awards gala

05/04/2019

A Supreme Court justice and a lawyer renowned for her commitment to youth in the criminal justice system have been honoured at the Toronto Lawyers Association(TLA) Awards Gala, says executive director Joan Rataic-Lang.

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Newcomer Community Justice Program

05/04/2019

At this time, OJEN has received a one year grant, from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, for a project we are calling the “Newcomer Community Justice” Program.

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New Brampton Motion/ Application Confirmation Notice

05/04/2019

Effective April 1, 2019 a new Brampton Motion/ Application Confirmation Notice must be completed and submitted in respect of pending motions and applications.

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Update Re: Solicitor Statement 9185 and Discussions with the Ministry of Finance

03/04/2019

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Land Transfer Tax Statements

03/04/2019

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Centralized Email Access point for LRO no. 66/80 Toronto - starting January 29, 2018

03/04/2019

The Toronto Land Registry Office has been chosen by the Director of Titles to participate in a pilot project starting Monday January 29, 2018. 

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Are you ready for the new Teraview?

03/04/2019

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Update re Solicitor Statement 9185

03/04/2019

On January 4th, the FOLA Real Estate Committee met with representatives from the Ministry of Finance, the Law Society, LawPRO and OBA, in an attempt to clarify the Ministry’s position on Statement 9185 and to express its concerns with it. 

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Letter to Lenders re First Canadian Title

03/04/2019

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Standardized Real Estate Closing Documents

03/04/2019

The TLA is pleased to endorse the use of Standardized Real Estate Closing Documents (see below). The Working Group on Lawyers and Real Estate initiated this project, which has also been endorsed by FOLA (Federation of Ontario Law Associations), in their mandate is to improve the business of law for the private bar. 

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Breaking news for TLA Estate Practitioners

03/04/2019

The Divisional Court has released its decision in the Milne case and has upheld the validity of a basket clause in a primary will. Our cudos and thanks to Ian Hull and Tim Youdan, counsel to TLA as Intervenor, for their tremendous efforts.

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Standard Closing Documents

03/04/2019

Are you using the Standard Closing Documents? If not, why not? Kathleen Waters, CEO and President of LawPRO and Jeffrey Lem, Director of Title and Law Society Bencher, have both endorsed their use in residential resale transactions.  

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Launch of Digital Hearing Workspace PoC

04/02/2019

The Digital Hearing Workspace (DHW) is an online document management platform that enables parties to submit electronic copies of materials required for a hearing and provides authorized parties with 24/7 instantaneous access to event-related documents.

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News from the Courts | Ontario Superior Court of Justice Practice Advisory re: Civil Case Management Pilot – One Judge Model

01/02/2019

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice Civil Case Management Pilot – One Judge Model is effective February 1, 2019.  

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TLA helps lawyers of all ages develop better research skills

01/02/2019

Young lawyers have the most to gain from the Toronto Lawyers Association’s (TLA) practical approach to teaching legal research skills, its executive director Joan Rataic-Lang tells AdvocateDaily.com

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TLA collaborating with the NCA Network

02/01/2019

A new collaboration between the Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) and the NCA Network promises to bring together a legal community of diverse backgrounds, and educational experiences, says TLA executive director Joan Rataic-Lang.

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Civil and Family Courts Amalgamation - Jan 2019 Update

01/01/2019

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TLA intervenes in appeal over Superior Court wills decision

21/12/2018

The Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) is looking forward to an appeal decision that will provide clarity for the Ontario bar and the association's hundreds of members who practise in the estates and trusts area, says executive director Joan Rataic-Lang.

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TLA Intervenes in the Milne Appeal in Divisional Court

13/12/2018

On Tuesday December 11, 2018 the TLA was well-represented by Ian Hull and Tim Youdan, who intervened in the Milne Appeal. It was heard by Justices Morocco, Swinton and Sachs in a packed Osgoode Hall courtroom.

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News from the Courts | TSDC Remote Defence Access Project

04/09/2018

The Ministries of Attorney General (MAG) and Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) have been working collaboratively to develop and undertake video projects including adopting remote video access for counsel, courts and correctional institutions as part of a modernization effort. 

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News from the Courts | Notice to the Profession re Motion Scheduling Form

01/08/2018

Superior Court of Justice - Central West Region

As this court at Brampton and Milton have the benefit of Masters sitting on both civil pre-trials and civil motions...

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Construction at the 330 University Avenue, 9th Floor

01/06/2018

The TLA Lawyers Lounge on the 9th floor is now closed until the end of the year.

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News from the Courts | Expansion of the civil claims online filing service on May 28, 2018

28/05/2018

The civil claims online filing service has been expanded to enable the online filing of additional documents in a civil proceeding in the Superior Court of Justice.

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News from the LSO | LSO Name Change Passage

01/05/2018

On Tuesday, May 8th, the amendments to the Law Society Act received Royal Assent, changing the name of the society officially to the “Law Society of Ontario”. This change of name is a crucial aspect of its ongoing efforts to better serve the public and engage with its stakeholders. 

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Construction at the 361 University Court House, 3rd Floor

01/05/2018

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News from the LSO | Dialogue on Licensing Consultation (DOL) - May 2018

01/05/2018

From April to June 2017 the LSO conducted an extensive consultation with the profession called “Dialogue on Licensing” on the realities and challenges of lawyer licensing. 

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News from the LSO | Close of Treasurer Nominations

01/05/2018

On June 28th, Treasurer Paul Schabas’ term as Treasurer will come to an end and Convocation will elect a new Treasurer.

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News from the Courts | Changes to Filing Court Documents - SCJ, Toronto Civil Long Motions (over 2 hours) Before a Judge

02/04/2018

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News from the Courts | Amendments to Family Law Rules (O. Reg. 114/99)

02/04/2018

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Infrastructure Ontario issues press release re New Courthouse

22/02/2018

The new courthouse will bring together many of Toronto’s Ontario Court of Justice criminal courts operating across the city, and will include a multiple accused, high security courtroom, drug treatment courts, Indigenous persons courts, and youth and mental health courts. 

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News from the Courts | Toronto Sittings Project Now Permanent

02/02/2018

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News from the LSO | Review Panel on Regulatory and Hearing Processes Affecting Indigenous Peoples

01/06/2017

In June 2017, Treasurer Schabas announced the creation of a Review Panel to address regulatory and hearing processes affecting Indigenous peoples.

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News from the LSO | The LSO’s CPD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

01/01/2017

The Law Society has revised its Continuing Professional Development Requirement. 

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News from the LSO | Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - Guide to the Application of Recommendation 3(1): Statement of Principles

01/01/2017

The Law Society’s Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee has developed a guide to help clarify Recommendation 3(1) of the report Working Together for Change: Strategies to Address Issues of Systemic Racism in the Legal Professions, which requires licensees to adopt and abide by a Statement of Principles.

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News from the LSO | Provision of Legal Services through CSOs

01/01/2017

Last week, Convocation (the Law Society's Governing Board) approved, in principle, a policy to permit lawyers and paralegals to provide legal services through civil society organizations (CSOs), such as charities and not-for-profit organizations. 

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News from the LSO | Pathways to the Profession Pilot Project

01/05/2014

To Articling Principals: 

As part of the Pathways to the Profession Pilot Project, the Law Society has enhanced the Articling Program to support an overall evaluation of the experiential training component of the Lawyer Licensing Process. 

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News from the LSO | Past news

01/01/2014

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Toronto Region Video Bail Pilot - Police Division

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