Courthouse law libraries get funding boost at Law Society of Ontario Convocation vote

Douglas Judson says courthouse libraries are “mission critical” to lawyers in remote areas.

By Julius Melnitzer | November 17, 2022

The Federation of Ontario Law Associations, which penned an open letter to benchers seeking support for courthouse law libraries in the current budget, has achieved its goal.

In early November, Convocation passed the 2023 budget, which included a $17 increase to $200 in the county libraries fund.

“As we head into the bencher election cycle, there’s been a lot of sabre rattling about fiscal conservatism, financial restraint and lower licensing fees,” says Douglas Judson, the chair of the FOLA. “Our letter aimed at distilling the truth about the cost-benefit trade-off between the portion of the licensing fee attributable to the county and district law library system and the benefits the system brings, especially to smaller centres.” MORE . . .

Julius Melnitzer is a Toronto-based legal affairs writer, ghostwriter, writing coach and media trainer. Readers can reach him at [email protected] or


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