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Now accepting membership applications for 2018

Not a current CLA member?
Now accepting membership applications for 2018

2018 membership applications can be submitted at any time and will provide the applicant with a membership up to March 31, 2019. Memberships are non-refundable or transferable. Any applications received before January 1, 2018 will be processed by January 10, 2018.

Please note, if you are a current member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, your 2018 membership renewal will be emailed to you in mid-February. Please make sure your membership profile is current by going to http://www.criminallawyers.ca/members-only/manage-membership.

The Association has three classes of membership to choose from:

  1. Active Member: practicing criminal defence lawyer in Ontario in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada and a significant portion of your practice is devoted to the defence of criminal charges or you are a lawyer who devotes a significant portion of your efforts to the interests of the defence bar
  2. Student Member: student-at-law, articling student or a student in an accredited law school
  3. Observer Member: practicing criminal lawyers OUTSIDE of Ontario

Benefits of membership:

  • Subscription to For The Defence newsletter
  • Listserv access (e-mail discussion forum with more than 850 criminal lawyers)
  • Access to members only section of website
  • Special rates to all CLA professional development programs
  • Member rates on Spring and Fall Conference
  • Conference materials and recording (when available) at member pricing
  • Included on online membership directory (Active and Observer members only)
  • CLA Membership ID card. Personalized photo identification cards are available to active and student members at no charge. Through special arrangements with the Ministry of Correctional Services, these cards have been designated as an acceptable form of identification for purposes of obtaining unobstructed access to the various detention facilities. (Active and student members only)Membership pricing:

ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP – Download application*.

  • $169.50 ($150 + $19.50 HST) – Called to the bar after January 1, 2016
  • $339.50 ($300 + $39.00 HST) – Called to the bar on or before December 31, 2015

* If you were previously an active member of the CLA, you only need ONE active member to sign your application. Only those who have never held and active membership with the CLA require TWO active members to sign their application.

STUDENT MEMBERSHIP – Download application.

  • $84.75 ($75 + $9.75 HST)

OBSERVER MEMBERSHIP – Download application.

  • $56.50 ($50 + $6.50 HST) – Called to the bar after January 1, 2016
  • $113.00 ($100 + $13.00 HST) – Called to the bar on or before December 31, 2015