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Nominations for the 2017 Clawbies now being accepted

Nominate your favourite law blog! The Clawbies, or Canadian Law Blog Awards, were started in 2006 to highlight some of the great blogs published by the Canadian legal industry. Nominations start at the beginning of December each year, and the winners are announced in a variety of categories on New Year’s Eve.  Continue reading


Square or Round?

There can be plenty of brackets and parentheses in legal citations. Yet, a case citation is incomplete unless it also includes the year of the decision. If a decision has a neutral citation, the year is already part of the citation and there are no brackets or parentheses to worry about, e.g., 2011 ONCA 55. That’s the easy part. Continue reading


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Preparing for Family Court – Reliable Web Resources for Self-Represented Litigants

According to Justice Bonkalo’s Family Legal Services Review Report (December 2016), over 57% of Ontarians did not have legal representation in family court in 2014/15. The Final Report of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (pdf) also estimates that 60% of all litigants appearing in family courts in North America are representing themselves.   Continue reading


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Great Library meeting rooms available to Law Society licensees

Conveniently located close to the courts in Osgoode Hall, and 361 and 393 University Avenue, the Great Library’s Consultation Room and Library Board Room are available to Law Society licensees needing a quiet and private space for client consultation or trial preparation. Continue reading


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Professional Conduct Rules

The Law Society’s Rules of Professional Conduct and Paralegal Rules of Conduct set out the professional and ethical obligations of Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals. This is a quick guide to finding current and previous versions of both sets of rules. Continue reading