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Abraham Lieff fonds
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Abraham Lieff fonds

  • CA ON00311 PF103
  • Fonds
  • 1963-1985, predominant 1976-1979

Fonds consist of records documenting the judicial career of Abraham Lieff. Records in the fonds predominately document work related to instituting pre-trial conferences and mediation programmes as an alternative court room. Fonds also documents Lieff's appointment to and retirement from the bench. Records include consultation papers, meeting minutes, correspondence, speeches, reports, memoranda, and newspaper clippings.

Lieff, Abraham Herman, 1903-2007

Background materials

File consists of reports and papers, copies of legislation, and some related correspondence. Included are: "Discussion draft: rules made under the Unified Family Court Act, 1976" (1977), "Extracts from a proposal to the Government of Canada for a Unified Family Court Project at Hamilton, Ontario" (undated), two versions of Bill 189: An Act to establish the Unified Family Court (1976), an extract from a report on family law, Federal Law Reform Commission (1976), and a report on the Hamilton Family Court Conciliation Project (1974).

Carleton County Law Association minutes

File consists of photocopies of minutes from annual and other meetings of the County of Carleton Law Association, held between January 1914 and January 1939. The file also includes a copy of the Law Society of Upper Canada's "Rules relating to county libraries", published in 1929.

Clippings, speeches and letter

File contains newspaper clippings documenting the judicial career and personal interests of Abraham Lieff, including his appointment, biographical profiles, comments on the divorce process, and his retirement. The file also contains speeches presented by Chief Justice Howland, Chief Justice Evans, and Lieff, and a letter from the Attorney General of Canada requesting Lieff to use "Honourable" before his name.

County of Carleton Law Association research materials

Series consists of records accumulated and used by Abraham Lieff. These records pertain to the County of Carleton Law Association and were used by Lieff in preparation of his historical essay, "Between the Wars: 1920-1935," which appeared in William C.V. Johnson's The First Century: The County of Carleton Law Association (1988). The records in this series consist of photocopies of association minutes.

Custody mediation

File consists of records relating to various projects where mediation was proposed as an alternative to litigation in family law cases. The projects were operated by the Family Court Clinic (Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Toronto) and Family Mediation Association (Atlanta, Georgia). Records appear to have been accumulated for use as background material.

Family law

File consists of records documenting the possible implementation of a Family Law Division within the High Court, and various issues such as the backlog in family cases, the amount of time taken in uncontested divorces, whether judges should be appointed permanently or semi-permanently to mediation proceedings or whether Masters should be appointed, whether pre-trial conferences should be mandatory or voluntary, and on-going consideration of numbers of cases in the courts and in pre-trial conferences to chart the backlog of cases. File also documents the recommendations and considerations of the Divorce Jurisdictional Committee composed of judges, Family Law Section of Canadian Bar Association, a sub-committee of Advocates' Society concerning the High Court, and a Civil Procedure Revision Committee.


File consists of records relating to the operation of Family Mediation Service of Ontario, an agency established in Family Division of the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1982. File documents requests for government funding, an application for charitable status, correspondence regarding individual cases, meetings of directors, support from Ontario Legal Aid Plan, preparation of workshops and a Bar Admission Course programme, financial statements and budget proposals, and pamphlets announcing the service. File also documents some background information in defining the difference between pre-trial conferences and mediation, and speeches and articles written on mediation and the Family Law Act.

Supreme Court of Ontario files

Series consists of records maintained by Justice Lieff while serving on the Supreme Court of Ontario. Records relate to the institution and administration of a family law mediation programme to serve as an alternative to courtroom litigation.