Self Rep Guides as published by the Canadian Judicial Council

The Canadian Judicial Council has published three new informational handbooks for self-represented litigants who are involved in civil, criminal or family litigation procedures. The goal of the handbooks is to help those who are not represented by legal counsel to better prepare for court proceedings, and to provide judges with tools they can recommend to such persons to help them access the courts. 

The handbooks make it simple for self-represented litigants to access information for each province and territory in both official languages on how to prepare for a hearing, the applicable rules and law, where to find free or lower cost legal help and related resource agencies, among many other things.

Civil Law Handbook

Criminal Law Handbook

Family Law Handbook

2022 Div Court sessions For Central South Region

Please find attached posters for distribution re: the sittings of Divisional Court in 2022.

LCLA Library Staffing

The LCLA Law Library has now reopened. The library is currently being staffed from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, with all necessary precautions being taken to keep everyone safe.

LCLA AGM – Aug. 13, 2020

Please mark your calendars for the Lincoln County Law Association AGM to be held on Thursday, August 13 at 5:00 via zoom.

Details and materials will be distributed in the near future.

July 7, 2020 – FOLA Real Estate Update – LRO Closures

In an effort to keep real estate lawyers updated with the ever-changing situation, we have further information to be shared with the real estate lawyers in your association.

LRO Closures

The Director of Titles has announced the closure of all 54 Land Registry Offices to the public effective October 13, 2020. This means that Friday, October 9, 2020 will be last day the Land Registry Office counter service will be available. Further details can be found in his letter to FOLA here.

If and when we receive further information of interest to the real estate bar, we will pass it along. 

Stay up to date with FOLA’s real estate information at

Merredith MacLennan and Eldon Horner

FOLA Real Estate Co-Chairs

Please note: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and is not intended to provide legal advice.

2021 Trial Sittings Dates

Please note the Civil and Family Trial Sittings in 2021 have been set for the following dates:

Long Trial Team Sittings (reserved for all trials that require 15 days or more):

  • March 22, 2021
  • October 4, 2021

Hamilton Sopinka – 3 weeks each (civil)

  • February 8, 2021
  • May 10, 2021
  • September 13, 2021
  • November 15 , 2021

Kitchener – 3 weeks each

  • January 25, 2021
  • April 6, 2021
  • September 7, 2021
  • November 8, 2021

St. Catharines – 3 weeks each

  • January 18 , 2021
  • May 17, 2021
  • October 12, 2021


  • March 29, 2021 – 3 weeks
  • June 14, 2021 – 2 weeks
  • November 22, 2021 – 3 weeks

Zoom Tips and Tutorials

Effective Immediately: Reduced Counter Services at St. Catharines and Welland courthouses


The health and wellbeing of court occupants and all Ontarians who access the courthouse is a priority.

Do not come into the Courthouse in person if you have been advised by Public Health or your doctor or the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH) website to self-isolate due to possible exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

All users of this courthouse are advised to consult the MOH website for the latest information on COVID-19 at:

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or to determine whether you should isolate yourself or seek medical assistance, call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 or your local public health unit for assistance and direction, before attending the courthouse. 


Effective March 18, 2020, and until further notice, counter services will be offered between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  


Please note that online filing is available for Small Claims Court, Civil, and Family Court matters. For more information, please visit: (Small Claims Court) (civil) (family)


All onsite family mediation and information services are being suspended until further notice.  Parties are encouraged to contact service providers to discuss services being offered remotely, including online or by phone. 

You may also be able to find information at:

Community Legal Education Ontario:

Steps to Justice:

Legal Aid Ontario:

LCLA Library staffing

Due to the Covid-19 situation, the Law Library will be unstaffed until further notice.  Staff will be working offsite, and may be reached via email at  Library staff will have access to Quicklaw, Practice Advisor, Wrongful Dismissal Database and Lawyers’ Daily, and will be able to assist with research. We will post any updates on the LCLA website.

Legal Aid Ontario – Additional Family Duty Counsel Services – effective November 18, 2019

As you are well aware, on July 7, 2019, Legal Aid Ontario implemented service changes across the province in order to align their operations to their provincial funding allocation for 2019.  Earlier this afternoon, FOLA was advised that following a period of monitoring LAO services, they have adapted services as required and, as a result, they determined that there is now capacity to provide some additional family duty counsel services.

As such, effective November 18, 2019, duty counsel will provide these additional services:

  • Procedural advice to anyone appearing without their own lawyer in first appearance court or case conference.
  • Assistance with child protection matters for financially eligible clients in jurisdictions where clients are unable to retain lawyer in a timely manner.
  • Assistance with consents, as long as negotiations have been completed and the issues are eligible for duty counsel services.
  • Assistance with second case conferences, for those who financially qualify for legal aid and the issues are eligible for duty counsel services.

The attached documents outline additional services which will now be available. The provision of these additional services will be subject to local practise and duty counsel capacity. Some services may not be available at every location.

Substantive legal advice and assistance remains limited to those who financially qualify for legal aid.  Please do forward this to all members who work with Legal Aid.