Please Note: The Library is currently staffed on a remote basis only between the hours of 9-4. In person staffing will resume on a gradual basis in the near future.  At this time, Members may still access the Library & Lounge with their security cards when providing essential services.  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.


  Coldest Night of the Year Walk 2021 (CNOY)

Tina Ricci-Zulli, Ken Hill, and Betty Dykstra walked for the York Region Law Association to raise funds for Inn from the Cold Newmarket, and raised the second highest amount in our area next to the Mayor of Newmarket. The goal was $7,000 and they raised $8,160. Thank you to everyone who contributed to their walk!

From the CNOY Website:

"The Coldest Night of the Year is a moment when tens of thousands of Canadians step outside the warmth and comfort of home and shine a light of welcome and inclusion. Together, we're collecting donations that fund critical services at a local charity partner who serves and supports vulnerable families and individuals in our CNOY community. 

  • We walk through the cold and dark on February 20, 2021 to declare our concern for people who have no home, and take shelter in nooks and crannies.
  • We walk for those whose days are a battle to house and feed their families, and whose nights are filled with fear and frustration. 
  • We walk for those driven from home by violence and abuse. And we walk for people overwhelmed by isolation, guilt and despair.
  • We walk humbly, realizing that anyone can lose their footing and then lose everything else."


Why become a YRLA Member?
  • 24 hour access to the library
  • Borrowing for office use
  • Lexis Advance Quicklaw, Practical Guidance, 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. Legal Information sheet currently being updated. Will be posted here by end of week of April 19-23, 2021.


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Upcoming events

Past events

5 May 2021 Beyond the FSCO Report: Family Law and Pensions
3 May 2021 The Spring Virtual Family Law Lunch 2021
19 Apr 2021 18th Real Estate Law Summit
12 Apr 2021 15th Family Law Summit
8 Apr 2021 Bills C78 and 207: Reforming the Law & Changing the Culture – Webinar
5 Apr 2021 Easter Monday
2 Apr 2021 Good Friday
31 Mar 2021 Tips and Best Practices for Conducting a Virtual Trial
25 Feb 2021 YRLA/York Hills – Mediation Community Roundtable
23 Feb 2021 Family Law Refresher
15 Feb 2021 Family Day
25 Dec 2020 Library Unstaffed
8 Dec 2020 Mission Possible: Responses to Difficult Client Positions
5 Dec 2020 Impaired and "Over 80" 2020
1 Dec 2020 The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer 2020 Webcast
18 Nov 2020 York Region Law Association Annual General Meeting
16 Nov 2020 Civil Trials CANCELLED (Non-Family)
11 Nov 2020 Remembrance Day
3 Nov 2020 The Fall Virtual Family Law Lunch
29 Oct 2020 14th Annual Family Law Summit Webcast
29 Oct 2020 Six-Minute Criminal Court Judge 2020
29 Oct 2020 Civil Litigation Refresher 2020
29 Oct 2020 Six-Minute Criminal Law Lawyer 2020
29 Oct 2020 Six-Minute Estates Lawyer 2020
29 Oct 2020 The Twelve-Minute Civil Litigator 2020
29 Oct 2020 Six-Minute Real Estate Lawyer 2020
12 Oct 2020 Thanksgiving
22 Sep 2020 Opening of the Courts
7 Sep 2020 Labour Day
3 Aug 2020 Civic Holiday
1 Jul 2020 Canada Day
18 Jun 2020 YRCAS Legal Webinar (Access to Information and Disclosure)
18 May 2020 Civil Trials POSTPONED
18 May 2020 Victoria Day
5 May 2020 Annual General Meeting POSTPONED
4 May 2020 Spring Family Law Lunch 2020 POSTPONED
13 Apr 2020 Easter Monday
10 Apr 2020 Good Friday
8 Apr 2020 CPD Gender & the Offender POSTPONED
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
19 Dec 2019 Impaired and "Over 80" 2019
17 Dec 2019 New Practice Direction for Provincial Offences Act Appeals
12 Dec 2019 Jingle Jingle Mix & Mingle
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: The Six-Minute Estates Lawyer 2019
13 Nov 2019 Video Replay: The Six-Minute Criminal Lawyer 2019
13 Nov 2019 Video Replay: Criminal Law Refresher 2019
13 Nov 2019 Video Replay: Civil Litigation 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
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