Resources for Lawyers

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Associations/ Organizations

Canadian Bar Association

This site provides access to publications such as The National and to The Canadian Bar Review. The CBA also offers access to information on in-person conferences, online webinars, publications and other media formats that address topics relevant to various areas of practice and interest. 

 

Criminal Lawyers’ Association

The CLA assists its members in every aspect of the practice of criminal litigation and is one of the largest legal organizations in Canada, with more than 1,200 members.

Ontario Bar Association 

The OBA is a sub-branch of the Canadian Bar Association, with roughly 18,000 lawyers who seek to provide support from those working in the profession to the profession. This site has information pertaining to the various practice sections, upcoming CPD events and access to the publications catalogue. 


Federation of Ontario Law Association Presidents (FOLA)

FOLA represents the interests of more than 12,000 practising lawyers working in communities across Ontario. Semi-annually, the Presidents and association representative meet iin May and November plenary sessions to discuss, debate and form resolutions on issues affecting the profession. 


The Real Estate Council of Ontario

Has a mandate which focuses on consumer protection and administration of regulatory requirements for Ontario’s real estate profession's complaint, compliance and discipline procedures.

Case Law and Courts

Case Law

 

CanLII 

Provides access to case law and legislation from courts in the federal jurisdiciton, provinces and territories. All decisions are now provided in both html and pdf format and all documents are clearly identified using neutral citations.  

Provincial Courts


Ontario Courts
This site provides useful information about the Ontario Courts system including the Court of Appeal, Superior Court of Justice, and Ontario Court of Justice. Information such as Ontario Court Addresses, Notices and Rule Changes, or Ontario Statutes and Regulations are listed. 


Ontario Court Forms
This site provides access to all forms under the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure. Each form is available on this website as a separate document.

Federal Courts


Federal Court of Appeal Decisions
This site provides information on Federal Court rules, reports and decisions. 

 

Federal Court of Canada and Decisions
The Federal Court of Appeal has jurisdiction to hear appeals from judgments of the Federal Court and the Tax Court of Canada.

 

Supreme Court of Canada
This site provides information about the Court and its library, judgments from 1983, and services and information for parties and counsel, as well as links to the Charter collection.

 

Legislation

Provincial

E-Laws
The e-Laws web site offers comprehensive access to the consolidated laws of Ontario. This site's goal is to provide consolidated statutes and regulations that are up to date within 2 business days of enactment of a new law or amendment of an existing law. 

 

Ontario Legislative Assembly 
The official site of the Ontario Legislative Assembly is the place to find information on bills currently before the legislature plus debates and committee reports. You can search bills by session and then by title or bill number. Other features of the site include full information on all the current members of the legislative assembly, the various committees, plus links to how to find your MPP.

 

Federal

Consolidated Statutes and Regulations
The Department of Justice's site is the source for official versions of all consolidated Acts and regulations and is updated on a weekly basis. The site also has a point-in-time feature that allows you to see versions of acts back to Jan 1, 2003 and regulations back to Mar 22, 2006. 

Parliament of Canada

This site is maintained jointly by the House of Commons, Senate and Library of Parliament and includes the debates of the Senate and House of Commons, Journals, Order Papers and Notices, and Progress of Legislation. The site includes legislative summaries for each bill going through the House. 

Research Assistance/Tools

Dictionaries

Duhaime's Dictionary of Law

Duhaime's Law Dictionary is referred to by the Oxford University law library (Bodleian),  School of Law, University of Oxford, Oxford, England, as a receoemnded research resource for law students.

Irwin Law Canadian Online Legal Dictionary 

The Canadian Online Legal Dictionary is collaborative dictionary comprised, initially, of terms defined in the glossaries of Canadian law books published by Irwin Law. 
 

Tools

 

Acronym Finder

The Acronym Finder is a searchable database of abbreviations, initialisms, and acronyms relating to science, government, business, technology, medicine, telecommunications, slang & pop culture, and the military. 

Statistics Canada

Provides economic, social and census data, related publications, news, and education resources.

Other

The Canadian Legal Research and Writing Guide
This guide can help you develop an effective Step-by-Step Legal Research Process, learn when and how to use particular resources, and better understand statutory research and electronic searching. 

 

Ontario Workplace Tribunals Library - OLRB Certificates
Ontario Union Bargaining Certificates are available in the the OLRB certificates database. The collection of certificates dates from 2007 to date. For older certificates from 1962 contact the Ontario Workplace Tribunals Library owtl@wst.gov.on.ca. They will email .pdf copies free of charge.

 

Robeside Assistance - Legal Resources and Research

This blog is maintained by the library staff at the County of Carleton Law Association. It is a one-stop resource of information and resources for those practicing law.


Robichaud’s Criminal Law Precedents

Resources intended for lawyers and legal professionals licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada; you will find precedents, forms, and other resources which are provided as a helpful starting point to criminal law practitioners as a convenient and efficient means in developing their own templates. 

Tribunals

Information and Privacy Commission

Provides independent reviews of government decisions and practices concerning access and privacy, under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Landlord and Tenant Board

The site contains the relevant legislation, regulations, guidelines and rules of practice relating to the tribunal. You can access applications, forms and notices through the site. It is an excellent public service site for your clients as it lists the location of its various offices, provides links to its information brochures and answers frequently asked questions. 


Ontario Human Rights Commission

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) was established as an arm’s length agency of government in 1961 to prevent discrimination and to promote and advance human rights in Ontario. 

Ontario Municipal Board

The e-decisions in this database go back to 2001 and can be searched by case name, counsel or key word. Information on preparing for a hearing, the forms required, a listing and outline of relevant statutes, and the usual links to other provincial ministries, agencies, associations and services. 

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

This site provides access to a variety of materials and has different tabs that tailor information to workers, employers, and health care practitioners. The Operational Policy Manual is available here and updated policies are highlighted.