Please Note:  The Library is currently unstaffed until further notice and staff are working remotely.  At this time, Members may access the Library with their security cards.  Please read the blog post for current information.  You can contact us by email at bdykstra@yorklaw.ca

The York Region Law Association is a community focused professional organization of lawyers.

Using funds derived from membership fees and various grants, it operates and maintains the Law Association and Library, which is located at the Newmarket Courthouse.

The Association maintains standing committees which are mandated to regularly address concerns specific to the practice of law within the Region. These committees are in regular communication with the different levels of court as well as other offices and organizations.

The YRLA also organizes continuing legal education sessions and regular social functions, as well as informational and educational meetings.


Why become a YRLA Member?
  • 24 hour access to the library
  • Borrowing for office use
  • Lexis Advance Quicklaw and WestlawNext Canada access
  • Inclusion in the YRLA membership directory on our website
  • Distribution by email of professional notices, other YRLA notices and invitations
  • Reduced-rate CPDs + in-house Lunch & Learns




The YRLA cannot recommend a lawyer or provide legal advice or research assistance to the public. Click here for some resources which may be of help to you. Updated 22/1/20.

Check the Members Only page for free CPD on working from home during COVID-19.

Upcoming events


Updated daily at 4:30 pm M-F.

Click here


Need legal help? Click below for our member directory.
Click here


Please click here for the list

Website search

Central East Calendar 2020

Upcoming events

    • 8 Apr 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    • Lawyers Lounge
    • 49


    The YRLA Criminal Law Committee Presents:

    Gender & the Offender:

    The Impact of Gender on Offending

    with Dr. Julie Goldensen,

    Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

    Lunch & Learn

    Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    Lawyers Lounge 1:00 - 2:15 pm

    Member: $15.00 per person (HST incl)

    Non-Member: $35.00 per person (HST incl)

    *Registration priority is given to YRLA members.  You will be placed on a wait list and notified if space is available.

    Please note:  Payment is required if registered (including non-attendance) 

    1 Hour Substantive CPD

    • 10 Apr 2020

    The Law Library will be unstaffed today,

    but members can use their access card to enter the library.

    • 13 Apr 2020

    The Law Library will be unstaffed today,

    but members can use their access card to enter the library.

    • 4 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • TBD
    • 150

    Spring Family Law Lunch

    Monday, May 4, 2020

    1:00-2:30 pm

    Map TBD

    Participants will receive TBD Substantive CPD

    • 5 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM
    • TBD

    You are cordially invited to attend: 

    The York Region Law Association 

    Annual General Meeting

    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Please join us for an evening of cocktails, dinner and collegiality

    at the


    TBD Address


    Cocktails: TBD pm 

    Annual General Business Meeting TBD pm

    Full Course Dinner TBD pm 

    Members $TBD per person (incl. hst)

    Junior Members** $TBD per person (incl. hst)

    **Called to the Bar 2 years or less  

    RSVP by: April 27th, 2020

    Please indicate any dietary restrictions upon registration

    • 18 May 2020

    The Law Library will be unstaffed today

    • 18 May 2020
    • 5 Jun 2020

    Civil Trials Mon May 18 - Fri June 5, 2020.

    • 1 Jul 2020

    The Law Library will be unstaffed today

    • 3 Aug 2020

    The Law Library will be unstaffed today

    • 16 Nov 2020
    • 4 Dec 2020

    Civil Trials Mon Nov 16 - Fri Dec 4, 2020.

Past events

26 Mar 2020 14th Annual Family Law Summit Webcast POSTPONED FOR NOW
11 Mar 2020 HSJCC Lunch & Learn: York Region Opioid Action Plan
27 Feb 2020 YRLA Judges Dinner
20 Feb 2020 FLLSSP OBA CPD
17 Feb 2020 Family Day
22 Jan 2020 HSJCC CPD: Development Disability/Acquired Brain Injury & the Justice System
25 Dec 2019 Library Unstaffed
17 Dec 2019 New Practice Direction for Provincial Offences Act Appeals
12 Dec 2019 Jingle Jingle Mix & Mingle
7 Dec 2019 Impaired and "Over 80" 2019
2 Dec 2019 The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer 2019 Webcast
29 Nov 2019 "Swearing-out" Ceremony for The Honourable Justice Peter Borque
28 Nov 2019 "Swearing-out" Drop-in for The Honourable Justice Peter Borque
27 Nov 2019 Criminal Lunch & Learn: Bill C-75
26 Nov 2019 CPD Lunch & Learn: Domestic Violence Community Treatment Court
18 Nov 2019 Civil Sittings
13 Nov 2019 Video Replay: Civil Litigation Refresher 2019
13 Nov 2019 Video Replay: The Six-Minute Criminal Lawyer 2019
13 Nov 2019 Video Replay: The Six-Minute Estates Lawyer 2019
13 Nov 2019 Video Replay: Criminal Law Refresher 2019
11 Nov 2019 Remembrance Day
5 Nov 2019 "Swearing-out" Drop-in for The Honourable Justice William Gorewich
4 Nov 2019 Fall Family Law Lunch 2019
14 Oct 2019 Thanksgiving
10 Oct 2019 Intensive Child Protection Training Primer Live Webcast
2 Sep 2019 Labour Day
5 Aug 2019 Civic Holiday
19 Jun 2019 HSJCC CPD: Hate Motivated Crime
12 Jun 2019 VYSAs: Providing Services for 16 and 17 year old Youth Under the CYFSA including VYSAs: What You Should Know
30 May 2019 Waffle Bar
24 May 2019 Limited Library Services
22 May 2019 One Third is Different than Two Thirds: Parole and Related Issues
13 May 2019 Civil Sittings
8 May 2019 Pitfalls in Private Mortages
7 May 2019 Mock Trials Final
6 May 2019 Spring Family Law Lunch 2019
29 Apr 2019 Mock Trials
16 Apr 2019 Annual General Meeting
10 Apr 2019 Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care Lunch & Learn
18 Mar 2019 13th Annual Family Law Summit Webcast
31 Jan 2019 Children, Matrimonial Homes and Court Orders – When Criminal Law and Family Law Collide
7 Nov 2018 The New Drugged Driving Regime
5 Nov 2018 Fall Family Law Lunch
24 Oct 2018 Procedural and Courtroom Changes
17 Oct 2018 Judicial Advocacy Tips
10 Oct 2018 Building your Practice
12 Sep 2018 Go Standard: Save Time, Reduce the Risk
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software