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The Law Society of Upper Canada 1797

The Law Society of Upper Canada 1797

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted November, 2006

The Law Society of Upper Canada 1797

Photo from Google Street View ©2017 Google - Posted August, 2017

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
On the southeast corner of Queen and Gate streets

Coordinates: N 43 15.414 W 79 04.515


Plaque Text

Following the introduction of English Civil Law into this province in 1792, legislation was passed in 1797 authorizing the establishment of the Law Society of Upper Canada. A founding meeting was held in Wilson's Hotel in this community on July 17th, 1797. It was attended by ten practitioners, including the Attorney General, the Honourable John White, who was appointed Treasurer; the Society's principal officer. The Society was responsible for setting standards for admission and regulating the province's legal profession. after relocating to York (now Toronto) in the late eighteenth century, the Society moved into its newly-constructed quarters - Osgoode Hall - in 1832. The Society continues to regulate and control Ontario's legal profession.

Related Toronto plaque
Osgoode Hall



Niagara-on-the-Lake Plaques

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