Library & Research
The Library has an excellent collection of books, Canadian and British reports, Canadian and Ontario legislation, selected journals, and continuing legal education materials.The Library is located on the 2nd floor of the Thunder Bay Courthouse at 125 Brodie Street North. It is operated by the Thunder Bay Law Association through an elected Board of Directors and its Library Committee. Members of the public are welcome to visit by appointment, please call to arrange a time during regular hours.
The Library is funded with grants from the Law Society of Ontario, and administered through LIRN
The links below provide access to case law, as well as case-related services and/or information. Included are links to the CanLII (Canadian Legal Information Institute) website, which is a free collection of primary sources of Canadian legal materials. Please be aware that online versions of case law and legislation may be considered unofficial and users should check print version when necessary.
- British & Irish Legal Information Institute
- European Union Court of Justice
- United Nations Human Rights (Treaty Bodies) Database
- World Legal Information Institute
To read high quality commentary on Canadian court decisions please visit CanLII Connects. To learn more about this site, please review their mission & goals statements.
For an extensive listing of Canadian case law, please visit “On the Web: Where to find Canadian Case Law”, produced by the Great Library at the Law Society of Ontario.
- CanLII (Full Text – Jan 1, 2004 onwards)
- e-Laws (Full Text – Jan 2, 2004 onwards)
- Ontario Gazette
- Debates (Hansard), Documents
- Legislative Assembly of Ontario
- CanLII(Full Text – Jan 1, 2003 onwards)
- Justice Laws Website(Full Text – Jan 1, 2003 onwards)
- LegisInfo(pending legislation)
- Debates (Hansard)
- LiPaD: search the Hansard from 1901 to present
- Table of Public Statutes and Responsible Ministers
- Canada Gazette, Part III(Acts of Parliament)
- Canada Gazette, Part II (Regulations)
- Canada Gazette, Part I (Notices & Proposed Regulations)
- Parliament of Canada
The Library holds print volumes of the Statutes of Canada from 1852 to 2012, including the R.S.C. consolidations for 1886, 1887, 1927, 1952, 1970, and 1985. The Consolidated Regulations of Canada of 1949 and 1978 are also available.
The Statutes of Ontario from 1869 to 2010 are available in print, as well as the R.S.O. consolidations of 1877, 1887, 1897, 1914, 1927, 1937, 1950, 1960, 1980 and 1990. Accompanying these volumes are the Consolidated Regulations of Ontario from 1950, 1970, 1980 and the Ontario Regulations Service binders from 1981-2013.
For more extensive information on researching federal and provincial legislation, visit “On the Web: Where to Find Canadian Legislation” produced by the Great Library at the Law Society of Ontario.
- Advocates’ Society
- Canadian Bar Association
- Law Commission of Ontario
- Law Society of Ontario
- Legal Aid Ontario
- Ontario Bar Association
- Criminal Law Precedents (Robichaud’s)
- Pardons Canada
- Steps to Justice – Criminal Law (CLEO)
- Youth Criminal Law
DICTIONARIES, ABBREVIATIONS, ETC.
- Black’s Law Dictionary, 2nd edition
- Canadian Online Legal Dictionary (Irwin Law)
- Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations (British)
- Duhaime’s Law Dictionary
- Family Law Resources (CLEO)
- Family Law (Your Legal Rights)
- Guide to Process for Family Cases (Superior Court of Justice)
- Steps to Justice – Family Law (CLEO)
- Your Law: Family Law – Custody and Child Support (LSO)
- Your Law: Family Law – Spousal support and property (LSO)
- Best Guide to Legal Research
- Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)
- Encyclopedia Britannica
- Law Facts (Legal Aid Ontario)
- Legalline.ca (Your guide to Canadian law)
- LLRX.com – Doing legal research in Canada
- Steps to Justice (CLEO)
- Your Legal Rights (CLEO)
MAGAZINE, JOURNALS, ETC.
- Advocate Daily.com
- Canadian Lawyer
- First Nations Gazette
- Justice as Healing (Native Law Centre)
- Lakehead Law Journal
- Law Times
- The Lawyers Daily
- SLAW.ca – Canada’s online legal magazine
PERSONAL INJURY LAW
- Compendium of Damages Awarded in Personal Injury Actions
- Ontario – 1999 to 2020 (County of Carleton Law Association)
- Your Law: Personal Injury (LSO)
REAL ESTATE LAW
- A Foot in the Door: a Classroom Resource on Real Estate and
- Housing Law in Ontario (OJEN/LawPro)
- Your Law: Real Estate (LSO)
WILLS & ESTATES
Members may conduct their own searches at no charge, and printing is available for a fee. The following databases are currently available in the Library:
- Quicklaw Advance(LexisNexis)
- Hein Online
- O’Briens Online
- Proview e-books (selected Carswell looseleafs)
TBLA provides free wifi service (password protected) to its members and visiting counsel within the library and lounge. TBayTel provides a free wifi hotspot within the Thunder Bay Courthouse for the general public.
The TBLA Library is able to borrow materials, or obtain photocopies, from other libraries by email, courier or fax. This service is normally without charge to the membership.
Research assistance is freely available to the membership as follows:
- searching for appropriate reference materials on a topic
- advising on research methods
- suggesting additional, or alternative source material
- locating answers to specific questions
- noting up cases, updating statutes
The photocopier in the Library is setup with codes and passwords for each law firm. Visiting counsel can request a temporary access code to photocopy and any charges will be billed to their firm.
- 0.10 cents per page (black & white) plus HST for members, billed bi-annually to their firm
- 0.20 cents per page (colour) plus HST for members, billed bi-annually to their firm for colour copies
- 0.20 cents per page (black & white) plus HST for non-members billed within 7 days of their visit to our library
- 0.50 per page (colour) plus HST for non-members billed within 7 days of their visit to our library
- Staff assisted copy service ($0.50 per page plus HST)
The Library may be used as a depot for sending or receiving fax transmissions. Charges for this service vary.
- Librarian: Helen Heerema
- Libary Assistant: Iris Johnson