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TLA Courthouse Library offers services for the ‘little guy’

The Toronto Lawyers Association’s Courthouse Library offers lawyers the sophisticated tools to do extensive legal research at a fraction of the usual cost, says its executive director Joan Rataic-Lang. 

"We really are kind of like a Bay Street library for the little guy,” she tells

Located at the Ontario Superior Courthouse at 361 University Ave., the TLA Courthouse Library is not just an architectural gem with books on shelves, she says. It’s a repository of human expertise. The library has a staff of five, including one library technician and three librarians. They act as free researchers for members, providing them with expert access to an up-to-date collection of books and electronic resources. 
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A message from the President of the TLA:  Legal Aid threshold is woefully inadequate

Justice Ian Nordheimer’s recent ruling in the case of Tyrell Moodie broadcast to the outside world what litigants, lawyers, judges and governments have known for quite some time –the legal aid system, in particular the ‘poverty’ threshold to obtain legal aid, is woefully inadequate and out of line with the economic challenges facing accused persons in the province, specifically Toronto. Read the full message here.

TLA offers free legal research for members

"Many lawyers don’t know that the Courthouse Library is here and others may think they don’t need a physical library; however, we provide a variety of services from this space,” she tells "We have librarians on staff and we can assist with research, including Quicklaw searches, and send them the cases they need. We have secondary sources, from which we can scan and send them the pages.

"It’s all included in their TLA membership. We do not charge extra for research and many are surprised to learn that. Members are always pleasantly surprised.”  Read the full article here.


A myriad of information sources are available to members of the profession. Our state-of-the-art legal Library at 361 University Ave. provides an extensive collection of printed and electronic sources of legal information. Our monthly Toronto Law Journal discusses current legal issues, by prominent authors. The TLA Newsletter, distributed quarterly, provides our members with important information on the Association and its many activities.


The Association provides educational programs for all members of the Ontario bar, many of these programs certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada to provide CPD credit. Our Nutshell programs are designed to provide quick, current and relevant information on a variety of legal issues, featuring distinguished speakers. Our Library programs equip professional lawyers and articling students with the mechanics of legal research, including use of electronic resources.


While involved in innumerable community activities, the Association represents our members to the Ontario bench and bar, to all levels of government and to the public at large. We participate in charitable events, liaise with other professional lawyers' associations, provide educational mock trials at local public schools and sit on committees related to legal and courthouse issues.