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  • Why is the building called Osgoode Hall?
    Osgoode Hall is named for William Osgoode, the first Chief Justice of what is now the province of Ontario. Osgoode was in Upper Canada from 1792 to 1794, three years before the creation of the Law Society and long before the building was erected. The Law Society wished to honour him for his contribution to the establishment of the early judicial structures of the province.
  • De quand date la construction d'Osgoode Hall?
    Osgoode Hall se compose d'une série de bâtiments reliés, construits à des dates différentes entre 1829 et 1991. Pour en savoir plus, voir Osgoode Hall.
  • Where is Osgoode Hall Law School?
    Osgoode Hall Law School was started in Osgoode Hall in 1889. Until 1957, OHLS was the only official law school in Ontario. Some universities had law faculties but one could not be called to the bar without going through Osgoode Hall Law School. Many additions to the building were constructed to accommodate the law school. The Law School moved to York University in 1968.
  • Pourquoi le Barreau s'appelle-t-il Barreau du Haut-Canada?
    Le Barreau a été fondé en 1797 lorsque l'Ontario s'appelait le Haut-Canada. Le St-Laurent servait de repère et l'Ontario se trouve en haut du fleuve. Comme le Barreau a été créé par voie législative, on ne pourrait changer le nom du Barreau qu'en modifiant la loi.
  • How many lawyers and paralegals are there in Ontario?
    The Law Society of Upper Canada is the largest law society in Canada, with almost 50,000 lawyer licensees (49,048 as of November 25, 2015 with 24,417 in private practice; 13,931 otherwise employed (education, government, etc.); 10,700 not employed in Ontario (retired, outside of Ontario, etc.)). 28,706 lawyers are male and 20,342 are female. Women were first allowed to become barristers in Ontario in 1897. When Clara Brett Martin was admitted, the Law Society was the first such body to admit women to its ranks in the British Commonwealth. Women were slow to join at first. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the number of women in the legal profession increased significantly.

    As of November 25, 2015 there were 7,473 paralegal licensees (2,891 male and 4,582 females) in Ontario.
  • Are judges members of the Law Society?
    Although one has to be a lawyer to become a judge, upon appointment, judges become “members in abeyance.” They remain on the books of the Law Society but they are not allowed to practice or vote on Law Society issues until they resign or retire from the Bench.
  • Does the Law Society govern all Canadian lawyers and independent paralegals?
    The Law Society is responsible only for Ontario lawyers and paralegals. Each province or territory has its own law society (or equivalent).
  • The courtrooms at Osgoode Hall are different from the ones I have seen on television. Where do the accused and the witnesses sit in the courtrooms? Where are the gavels?
    The Court of Appeal and the Divisional Court are the highest courts of the province of Ontario. They do not conduct trials; they review decisions that have been made by lower courts.Normally there is no witness testimony at appellate hearings, nor does the accused appear. Hearings are based on court transcripts. 

    Canadian judges don’t use gavels nor do they wear wigs.
  • I have heard that Osgoode Hall is haunted. Is that true?
    Well…one can never be sure about things such as ghosts. A number of people have died in the building, violently or otherwise, and there are a number of ghost stories “floating” around. If ghosts exist, given the age of the building and its history, we probably have a few.
  • L'architecture d'Osgoode Hall vous intéresse?
    Pourquoi ne pas commencer par quelques bons ouvrages (sources secondaires) avant de prendre rendez-vous avec nous? Par exemple, Toronto, No Mean City d'Eric Arthur, University of Toronto Press, Cornerstones of Order de MacRae et Adamson, Toronto : Clarke Irwin, 1983, ou encore A History of Canadian Architecture, 2 tomes, Toronto, New York, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1994.

    La plupart des plans d'architecte que collectionnent les Archives du Barreau datent du XXe siècle. Si vous désirez consulter des plans du siècle précédent, veuillez communiquer avec les Archives publiques de l'Ontario en composant le (416) 327-1600 ou le 1-800-668-9933 (Ontario et Québec).
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  • Vous cherchez des documents et dossiers appartenant ou ayant appartenu à des avocats ou cabinets d'avocats?
    La première chose à faire est de communiquer avec le Service des dossiers-membres au (416) 947-3318 ou au 1-800-668-7380 (Ontario et Québec).
  • Vous cherchez des recueils de jurisprudence?
    Contactez la Grande bibliothèque : (416) 947-3400.
  • Vous cherchez des documents judiciaires, par exemple des transcriptions ou des décisions judiciaires?
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