The Library is currently closed to in-person access. Staff are working remotely from home.
ABOUT THE WRLA
The WRLA is currently the sixth largest law association in Ontario with over 620 members. Our association was originally founded in Berlin in 1895 by a group of nine lawyers as a professional association aimed at providing access to a law library to its members. Today, our not-for-profit association continues to provide valuable library and research services, and has also grown to become a leading organization committed to offering its members advocacy, legal education, mentorship and guidance through the ongoing challenges facing the profession. The WRLA is governed by a volunteer board of lawyers and paralegals from all practice areas and represents all sizes of local law firms. The WRLA operates in the Waterloo Region Courthouse Library and has one of the largest private law library collections in Ontario. While involved in innumerable community activities, the WRLA represents our members to the Ontario bench and bar, to all levels of government and to the public at large promoting our three pillars: KNOWLEDGE, ADVOCACY, and COMMUNITY.
NOTICE REGARDING WRLA LIBRARY & FACILITY HOURS
On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, the Provincial government announced a provincial emergency and a province-wide stay-at-home order to stop the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions go into effect on Thursday, April 8, 2021. In accordance with the Province's restrictions the Waterloo Region Law Association Practice Resource Centre (Library and Lawyers' Lounge) will be closed and locked for in-person access effective April 8, 2021.
WRLA library staff will continue to provide library, reference, research, education and membership services remotely from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Monday to Friday. WRLA members are invited to continue borrowing materials from the library collection by contracting library staff to reserve materials and a time that staff may provide contactless delivery of the materials to you. WRLA members can contact staff to book an appointment if they require access to the library for the purposes of research or may use the online appointment booking form.
INFORMATION REGARDING VACCINATIONS
To make sure you have the most up-to-date information on vaccine eligibility, the Recovery Secretariat continues to encourage you to monitor the Region of Waterloo Public Health for details about when and how to get a vaccine. All eligible individuals can find a local pharmacy location offering vaccines through Ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine
The Recovery Secretariat and the Manager of Court Operation for the Region of Waterloo Courthouse asks everyone to limit their attendance to a courthouse or MAG facility to only essential matters. If you must attend, to please diligently follow the health and safety protocols that are in place including: frequently washing your hands, wearing your source control face covering or PPE appropriately, and maintaining physical distancing wherever possible. And if you’re feeling sick – stay home.
Please also complete the online COVID-19 Active Screening Entrance Questionnaire in advance of coming to a courthouse or MAG facility. By doing so, you will know before leaving your office or home if you should or should not enter a courthouse or MAG facility. The questionnaire can be accessed online at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/courthouse-screening/
OCJ Notice Re: Scheduling of Family Matters
May 5, 2021
OCJ Notice to the Profession Regarding Criminal Proceedings
May 5, 2021
The OCJ has issued a notice regarding reducing out-of-custody trials and preliminary inquiries between April 26 and May 21, 2021.