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The Law Association
Mission Statement

The function of the Hastings & Prince Edward Law Library is to provide a solid practice library with a range of traditional and technologically enhanced resources in order to supply timely and accurate access to the sources of law and to continue to offer professional development opportunities and materials to our members.


By 1841 the county had access to local courts but local government was not yet in place. The 1849 Baldwin Act established the main classifications of a municipality, (designation by City, Borough, Regional Municipality and/or County) all of which still form the basis of the system in place today. The County of Hastings was incorporated in 1850. 

Pictured below is the first County Courthouse in Belleville.  The first Hastings County Law Library was situated at the north end of the building prior to 1930.

The Library

The H&PELA library is a practice library dedicated to the research needs of our members.  Please note that if specific materials are not available in our holdings at this library, we will do our best to obtain them from larger libraries for your use. 

Hours of Operation

Regular Hours:

Monday - Friday

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

June through August:

Monday - Thursday

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

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