by Wayne Kitchen
I recently received a telephone call from a member of the public asking "What is the York Region Law Association and what do you do?"
I suspect this is a question that many of our members might also ask.
Our Letters Patent state that we are an association of lawyers practising law in York Region. The purpose of the Association includes the promotion and education of the practice of law and social meetings of members; and to represent the members in dealings with the Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Perhaps the Association's most important area is that of maintaining the library and practice resource centre at the Courthouse. I note our Librarians, Betty Dykstra and Janet Marchment, are the public face of our organization, always ready to lend a hand and assist counsel with last minute and urgent research and other matters. It goes without saying (and often has) that we owe them a heartfelt thanks for their efforts.
The Association does much more. The Association is often called upon to form a liaison between the bench and bar. Members attend the Central East Regional Presidents Association Committee. The Association is York Region's representative with FOLA, the Federation of Law Associations of Ontario (formerly County and District Law Presidents Association). This Association has been referred to as "the unofficial, loyal opposition to the Law Society", consulted regularly by the LSUC and MAG on issues that affect the Administration of Justice. FOLA looks to local associations for regular input and suggestions.
Most recently, after consultation with the membership, the Association forwarded written submissions to Justice Bonkolo's inquiry in respect of the potential expansion of independent paralegals in the practice of family law. Representatives of the Association were later invited to attend a meeting with Justice Bonkolo and other Associations on this issue. (A copy of the submissions are posted on the website.)
The Association also presents reasonably priced continuing professional development programs for our members. These are generally held in the newly renovated lounge on the 3rd floor of the Courthouse. Where else can you network, have lunch and get an hour of CPD for $10.00? (prices may vary.)
The Association maintains standing committees which are mandated to regularly address concerns specific to the practice of law within the Region. Standing Committees include the Family Law Committee, the Criminal Law Committee, the Legal Aid Committee, the Civil Litigation Committee and the Social Committee.
Throughout the year the Association also organizes social events for the benefit of members. These provide great networking opportunities amongst the profession as well as an opportunity to meet the voices at the other end of the phone with whom you frequently deal.
These events have included group trips to the theatre, baseball games, golf tournaments as well as the annual year end dinner dance.
Our membership has recently grown to 572 paid members. The challenge the Association will face is to meet the changing needs of the membership.
If you have an interest in a particular area of law or feel there are some issues that need to be addressed, I urge you to contact me at 905 895 4571 ext 235 or alternatively via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I urge you get involved in the Association. Join a committee. It is a great way to network and have input into decisions that affect the practice of law in York Region
Legal Aid Committee Update
by Norman Panzica
To: Members of the York Region Law Association who practise Criminal Law
I am updating those members who practice Criminal Law and accept Legal Aid matters with respect to Legal Aid applications at the Newmarket courthouse.
I have received numerous complaints and concerns about the closure of the Legal Aid office in the Newmarket courthouse across from courtroom 200. These concerns began when the office was closed daily for part of the morning while courts were in session, and have increased since the complete closure of the office.
In an effort to get answers, I contacted the local LAO Staff Duty Counsel lead and indicated that there were concerns amongst the criminal defence bar that this appears to be yet another step towards replacing their services with those of duty counsel. I suggested that this closure will only encourage more reliance on duty counsel to the possible detriment the public’s access to justice and their choice of defence counsel.
I received a prompt reply and an explanation as to the changes. It was conveyed that the change to the LAO application office in Newmarket is being proposed for two purposes: 1) as part of the DC office reconfiguration project to make more efficient use of space; and 2) to streamline the LAO application process for clients (especially out of custody).
The Staff member whose primary responsibility in the 6+ years she has been in her current role is to support the DC office. Included in that role is interviewing clients, checking on status of applications, issuing section 85 certificates, fast-track certificates, etc. This is not changing, as the staff member will continue to do all of these tasks.
For the past 5 years, the Client and Lawyer Service Centre have been providing certificate applications via a toll-free phone service. Going forward, most out-of-custody applicants in Newmarket will be referred to this service. This brings Newmarket into line with the rest of the province. It is expected that all out-of-custody applications will now be done over the phone, as they are in courthouses across the province.
We have been assured that LAO has no intention to replace the private bar. According to the Legal Aid Services Act, the private bar is the foundation of criminal law services in Ontario.
We were left with an open opportunity to address any further concerns at the local level, with the Director General for our region or the Manager of Legal Services.
I am looking for input from members with respect to this or any other issue of concern and will gladly pass on same directly to Legal Aid.
Chair, Legal Aid Committee
York Region Law Association
Civil Litigation Committee
The York Region Law Association is looking for a few interested persons to sit on the Civil Law Committee. Please indicate your interest in writing to Betty Dykstra, email@example.com and this information will be passed on to the Committee.
Family Law Update
The following memo and notices were received by the Association from FOLA and it is anticipated that a meeting will be called to discuss these matters.
New Staff at the YRLA
If you have not already met her, we would like to introduce you to Janet Marchment. Janet was hired by the Association as the Library Assistant on a full time basis on March 30, 2016.
Janet began her library career as a Page at the King Township Public Library. After graduating from the University of Waterloo with a B.A. in History, she worked in an Engineering Library at Allied-Signal Aerospace. When she discovered the computers in the Technical Writing department were much more advanced than those in the library, she became a Technical Writer at the same engineering firm. Janet really likes digital technology.
Janet volunteered at the local school while raising her three boys. She worked in the school library, was a member of School Council, ran the Hot Lunch Program, and created a “Publishing House” to make books from students’ stories, writing procedure manuals everywhere she went. Janet really likes organization.
She arrived at the York Region Law Association Library as a field placement student while working on her Library & Information Technician Diploma through Mohawk College, and has never left. Janet loves camping, photography, the latest digital technologies, and reading historical novels. She spends way too much time looking up frivolous information on the internet, but does not tweet or post her life online. She is very happy to be working in the law library with Betty and the lawyers of the York Region Law Association.
by Betty Dykstra
It is an ongoing process in the Library to balance the fine line of providing the best resources for our members and stay within our budget. In an effort to do this the YRLA has been switching out some of the looseleaf textbooks and has upgraded our license to WestLawNext by adding the CriminalSource and Estates & Trusts Source components in addition to our FamilySource and LawSource.
We have outlined the major components of these products for your benefit a little further down in this newsletter. The library has also upgraded the DivorceMate licenses on the computers. The full package including forms and precedents is available on Computers 4 & 7.
Over the next few months, the library will be undergoing a few more changes. We hope to cause as little disruption as possible. We were so pleased with the renovations in the lounge, that we thought the library could use a bit of sprucing up. We will be eliminating a couple of shelving units (and disposing of a number of unused reporting series) and changing the shelving units layout. This will free up space for some additional work areas with new tables and chairs. We also intend to upgrade the workstation computers to ensure that they are functioning and available to use our online resources.
- 2016 Ontario Lawyer`s Phone Book
- Real Estate Practice Basics 2015
- Civil Appeals The Year in Review
- Impaired and "Over 80" 2015
- 2016 Annotated Ontario Construction Lien Act
- Bennett on Bankruptcy 18th ed. 2016
- Document Registration Guide 17th ed. 2016
- Cross-Examination: the art of the advocate
- Accident Benefits Guide
- The Six-Minute Criminal Court Judge 2016
- 20th Annual Intellectual Property Law : the year in review
- Enforcing Judgments and Orders 2nd ed.
- Liability Insurance Law in Canada 6th ed.
- Annual Review of Insolvency Law 2015
- Real Estate Practice in Ontario 8th ed.
- The Law of Limitations 3rd ed.
- The Six-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer 2016
- 6th Annual In-House Counsel Summit
- Annual Report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator 2014-2015
- Family Law Practice Basics 2016
- The Six-Minute Administrative Lawyer 2016
- CPP Disability Pension Guide 2nd ed.
- The 2016 Annotated Ontario Personal Property Security Act
- The Annotated Will 2016
- The Annotated Guardianship Application 2016
- Wills and Estates Practice Basics 2016
- The Oatley McLeish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation 2016
- The Six-Minute Criminal Lawyer 2016
- Business Law Practice Basics 2016
- 10th Annual Family Law Summit
- 13th Annual Real Estate Law Summit
- Prosecuting and Defending Youth Criminal Justice Cases
- Accident Benefits: a practical desk reference
- The 2016 Annotated Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act
- Criminal Procedure 3rd ed
- Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law 2nd ed
- Annual Review of Family Law 2015
- Sopinka on the Trial of an Action 3rd ed
- Watt's Manual of Criminal Jury Instructions 2nd ed
- A Guide to the Youth Criminal Justice Act 2017
- The Law of Declaratory Judgments 4th ed
- An Advocacy Primer 4th ed
- Agency and Partnership Law Primer 5th ed
- The Law of Contempt in Canada 2nd ed
- Russell on Roads 3rd ed
- The Law of Criminal Attempt 3rd ed
- 6th Annual Business Law Summit
- Administrative Law Practice Basics 2016
- New Developments in Communications Law and Policy
- The Six-Minute Estates Lawyer 2016
- Bringing Proportionality to Family Law Disputes Under the Amended Rules
- The Annotated Residential Agreement of Purchase and Sale 2016
- The Six-Minute Employment Lawyer 2016
- Criminal Law Practice Basics 2016
- Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2016
- Consolidated Ontario Insurance Statutes and Regulations 2015-2016
- Current Need-to-Know Topics in Charity Law
- Negotiation Skills
- Quirky Conveyancing - Tools for the Modern Real Estate Lawyer
- 14th Annual Current Issues in Employment Law
- Mastering Employment Contracts: Termination Clauses and Restrictive Covenants
- Kissing Cousins: Where Family Law, & Trusts & Estates Meet
- A Primer on Insurance Coverage
- Be Careful What You Say…a practical look at wiretaps and hearsay
- Your First Civil Trial
- Divine Discoveries: Building a Great Case
- Ethical Issues for Civil Litigators: What to Do, When to Do it, and Who to Call
- Consumer Law Update
- Innovation in Litigation: Responding to Changes in the Legal Industry
- As the Family Law World Turns: critical advice for family lawyers
- Corporate Crime, Accountability and Social Responsibility in Canada 2nd ed
- Canadian Contractual Interpretation Law 3rd ed
- Ontario Estate Administration 7th ed
- The Practitioner's Guide to Estate Practice in Ontario 6th ed
- Directors' Duties in Canada 6th ed
- Law and Mind: mental health law and policy in Canada
WestLawNext - CriminalSource
Cases and Decisions
CriminalSource Cases and Decisions
Canadian Criminal Cases (C.C.C.) and Weekly Criminal Bulletin (W.C.B.)
Statutes and Regulations
All Criminal Statutes and Regulations
Canada Evidence Act
Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
Corrections and Conditional Release Act
Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act
DNA Identification Act
Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
Sex Offender Information Registration Act
Youth Criminal Justice Act
Criminal Law Rules
Texts and Annotations
Annual Review of Criminal Law
Bloomenfeld, Youth Criminal Justice Act Manual
Clewley, McDermott and Young, Sentencing: The Practitioner's Guide
Cournoyer, Code criminel annoté
Crankshaw's Criminal Code of Canada
Ewaschuk, Criminal Pleadings & Practice in Canada
For the Defence
Gibson, Canadian Criminal Code Offences
Gibson, Criminal Law Evidence: Practice and Procedure
Hill, Tanovich and Strezos, McWilliams’ Canadian Criminal Evidence
MacFarlane, Frater, Michaelson, Drug Offences in Canada
Martin’s Annual Criminal Code
Martin's Related Criminal Statutes
Nadin-Davis: Canadian Sentencing Digest
Salhany, Canadian Criminal Procedure
Segal, Disclosure and Production in Criminal Cases
Watt's Manual of Criminal Evidence
Articles and Newsletters
Canadian Criminal Cases Articles
Canadian Criminal Law Review
Criminal Law Quarterly
Criminal Reports Articles
Motor Vehicle Reports Articles
Milligan’s Criminal Law Advisor
National Journal of Constitutional Law
Police Powers Newsletter
Mack's Criminal Law Bulletin
Segal's Motor Vehicle and Impaired Driving Newsletter
Watt's Criminal Law and Evidence Newsletter
WestLawNext - Estates&TrustsSource
Cases and Decisions
Estates and Trusts Cases and Decisions
Statutes and Regulations
Estates and Trusts Statutes and Regulations
Estates and Trusts Rules
Policy Documents and Directives
Canada Revenue Agency Publications
Canadian Encyclopedic Digest
Selected CED Estates and Trusts Titles
Texts and Annotations
Alberta - Estate Administration
Allen and Quinlan, Estate Planning Handbook
Atlantic Canada - Estate Administration
British Columbia - Estate Administration
Canadian Bar Association Concordances
Histrop, Estate Planning Precedents
Manitoba - Estate Administration
Ontario - Estate Administration
Saskatchewan - Estate Administration
Schnurr, Estate Litigation
Waters' Law of Trusts in Canada
Widdifield on Executors and Trustees
Articles and Newsletters
WeirFoulds Estates & Trusts Newsletter
WestLawNext - FamilySource
Texts and Annotations
- Kirwin, Child Protection Law in Canada
- MacDonald and Wilton, Child Support Guidelines Law and Practice
- MacDonald, Canadian Divorce Law and Practice
- MacDonald, Family Law Act of Ontario
- McLeod & Mamo, Annual Review of Family Law
- McLeod and Mamo, Matrimonial Property Law in Canada
- McLeod, Child Custody Law and Practice
- Stark and MacLise, Domestic Contracts
- Wilton, Lam & Joseph, Cohabitation Law in Ontario
- Wilton and Miyauchi, Enforcement of Family Law Orders and Agreements
- Wilton & Semple Spousal Support Commentary
Shirtliff Hinds Law would like to invite you to their open house on July 6th.
Link to invite: Shirtliff_Open_House_Flyer.pdf
July 7th, 2016 - Blue Jays v. Detroit Tigers ***Promo Night 7:07 pm. Section 130AL, (2 Tickets available) - email Janet, firstname.lastname@example.org
August 25th, 2016 - Blues Jays v. Los Angeles Angels 7:07 pm. Section 129LRows 25-31 $44.00 per ticket - email Janet, email@example.com
September 14th, 2016 - York Region Law Association Golf Tournament - further details and notice will be sent out shortly.
The YRLA Newsletter welcomes your comments, news and articles.
The submission for the next YRLA newsletter is July 29th, 2016.
Please direct all replies to Betty Dykstra firstname.lastname@example.org