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  • 12 Apr 2023 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    The 2023 Bencher election is now upon us and voting opens next week. Voting runs from April 19th-28th.  You can vote online or by phone and both systems shut down promptly at 5pm on the 28th so please don’t leave this to the last minute!

    To help inform Law Association members about where the candidates stand on issues of importance to you, FOLA surveyed all Candidates on priority issues, including their history with their local Law Association, Law Library funding, support for legal aid, and their stance on paralegal licencing. Candidate profiles can be found hereNote: They appear in alphabetical order starting with Central East.


    For more information on how to vote and how the voting works, please click here.

    The Lawyer Voting Guide can be found here.

  • 7 Nov 2022 10:16 AM | Anonymous
    We have received multiple emails from members over the past few months expressing concern about continued delay in the Court's ability to respond to outstanding matters, particularly basket motions and requests for uncontested Orders for divorce. 

    By way of update, we are advised that our local Bench have been making concerted efforts to specifically deal with the backlog of matters that accumulated as a result of the pandemic. Their significant efforts were able to reduce the backlog to about 200 outstanding matters as at the end of September. 

    Court Services further advised that they are current in terms of processing files, so counsel should also find the turnaround time in terms of forwarding Orders and Endorsements to be improved.  

    We have also received multiple emails from members about concerns regarding the on-line filing of documents, including unwarranted rejection of materials or other issues with filing of documents, despite following the required Rules and Practice Directions. We are advised by Court Services that some of these issues may have been due to recent staffing changes in the courthouse, which issues should have now been resolved internally.

    If you are still experiencing an unusual delay in response to materials filed in writing and/or if you are experiencing concerns with filing documents, please reach out to the Association and we can help you follow up on a matter and/or connect you with Court staff as appropriate.

    As a final update, we are further advised that schools are once again being permitted to enter the courthouse.

    Two other brief reminders from our local Bench:

    1) Please ensure that the email addresses for parties/counsel (as appropriate) are correctly listed on the required court materials and that when attending an appearance you ensure that you provide the registrar with your email address as requested;

    2) Please ensure that all correspondence with judicial secretaries remains respective and limited to communication and/or filing of documents that have been specifically directed by the Court. Absent a specific direction of the Court, it is not appropriate to attempt to file documents or otherwise provide information to the Court through the judicial secretaries.  

    Thank you all for your patience and cooperation, 

    Melissa Fedsin
    President, Halton County Law Association

  • 28 Sep 2022 12:54 PM | Anonymous
    The Halton Region Courthouse will be closed with the HCLA staff out of office on Friday, September 30th for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    Please see notice here.

  • 27 Sep 2022 9:41 AM | Anonymous

    Attached for your information is a letter from Doug Judson, FOLA Chair, highlighting some of the many issues members are facing when filing documents with the Courts.  Also attached is a document highlighting some specific examples.

  • 12 Aug 2022 12:04 PM | Anonymous

    LiRN has expanded new electronic resources that are available across all Ontario courthouse libraries! Click here to view the list. 

  • 9 Nov 2020 1:12 PM | Anonymous

    The AG's press release can be found here.  The HCLA letter in response to this announcement can be found here and a subsequent letter was sent on November 9 and can be found here.  An Oakville News article dated November 26 can be found here.  Kathy Batycky's letter of March 24 can be found here.  An article appeared in the Oakville News on January 24 2022 and can be found here.

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