Site History and Awards, especially Duhaime's Law Dictionary, has received extensive judicial and academic recognition. While we can't keep track of all of them, Judicially Cited & Lloyd Duhaime's Reported Cases presents a sampling.

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"A quick trip to is a marvelous way to get a quick grasp of the basic principles of family law - commercial, tort, employment or almost any other manner of law – with up to date case reference." [Jason Lothian, Canadian Bar Association, Law matters", August 2005]

►  Cornell University Law Library, Ithaca, New York, November, 2011:

"Duhaime’s Law Dictionary is researched and written by Canadian barrister and solicitor Lloyd Duhaime. A hyperlinked alphabetical index leads the user to a list of legal terms and their definitions that begin with the letter the user has selected. Legal terms used within a definition are defined through hyperlinks. Multiple definitions of a single term are provided when appropriate. Many definitions are coupled with examples further clarifying the meaning of the term. The alphabetical links are on every page searched, so that other terms may be searched without returning to the homepage. The dictionary includes common Latin legal words and phrases as well as English terms.

"Duhaime has created a site which both layman and attorney will find easy to search and understand."

Harvard Law School (Dictionary Blog at, June 26, 2009):

"You will be hard pressed to find a more entertaining site than In it you can learn so much about legal terms, history of law, legal Latin terms, and more.

"What makes so interesting is that it gives even the creepiest of legal terms a twist, embedding it with humor all the while keeping it relevant and seriously informative."

► Featured in the October 2008 issue of the fashion magazine Flare in an article on common law relationships entitled The Accidental Bride (link is to a PDF of the article); and a September 1999 article in Monday Magazine, Accessing Justice.

► Forbes Magazine (, winner, Best of the Web, 2008 in the category of Internet "Legal Advice"):

"Created by Canadian Lloyd Duhaime - self-proclaimed lawyer, writer, NHL-nut, jogger, goalie--this site's dictionary is the most comprehensive we've found.

"Don't worry about whether the terms also hold for U.S. law; Duhaime makes sure to clarify which definitions are specifically for Canadian or U.S. laws. The dictionary includes more than a sprinkling of etymology that a lot of other online legalese dictionaries ignore. Most entries include both the direct translation as well as the terms applied significance (i.e. Duhaime writes that while a vinculo matrimonii is Latin for "of marriage," in courts today it's used to refer to a divorce).

"Law Fun entry includes lawyer jokes, a Lawkids section, and the Dumbest Things Ever Said in Court ("How far apart were the vehicles at the time of collision?").

"One of the best legal dictionaries on the Web."

Canadian Bar Association, 2002

"Information, information, information! In a clear and accessible format, (the) website is brimming with legal information. The website serves as an indispensable resource for the consumer market." started as a bulletin board in Ottawa, circa 1993-94, using Wildcat! 4 software. Almost immediately, WYSIWYG showed up and the obvious advantages of a new Internet beckoned and it has since become this web site, thanks in such large part to the incredible Spry New Media design team.

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New York Times Cyber Law Journal Cool Sites of 2001

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Do not rely on the information in this website as legal advice or as a sole source of the law in your area of interest unless you are a complete idiot, in which case design your life around every word in this web site and be sure to properly spell my surname in your will.

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DUHAIME'S LAW DICTIONARY: Tired of legal gobbledygook? Want a clear translation? Lloyd Duhaime - lawyer, barrister, solicitor and a John Lithgow look-alike - provides one of the best legalese-to-English dictionaries on the Web. From amicus curiae to yellow dog contract, this site is worth bookmarking for any future legal translations you may need. BEST: Duhaime's biography: Solid credentials presented in an amusing read.Forbes Magazine, May 2008 SO THIS LAWYER WALKS INTO A ... Next time you want to dull the sting of a big fat legal bill ... check out This little nugget of a website is managed by Lloyd Duhaime, a Victoria-based lawyer who has the temerity to poke fun at his chosen profession of the past twenty years.Globe & Mail, January 4, 2006  If you relish courtroom humor, as I do, you'll enjoy a visit to the Web site of Lloyd Duhaime, a Canadian barrister, solicitor, historian and hockey fan based in Victoria, British Columbia. Duhaime's site contains many entertaining legal alleyways, including one devoted to tasteful lawyer jokes and another, called the Hall of Horrors, that examines the law's lamentable record of punishment through the ages. The best reading corner is his collection of the Dumbest Things Ever Said in Court. Spoken by real-life lawyers and witnesses and taken from official court records, all of the interrogations beg to be printed.New York Times, May 25, 2001  Canadian lawyer Lloyd Duhaime ... offers some nice self-depreciating lawyer jokes to show he's not taking all this too seriously. Like the one about the criminals who took a roomful of lawyers hostage and threatened to release one every hour if their demands weren't met.The Irish Independent of July 13, 2003 Your site’s a great reference for lawyers and paralegals.WestlawSept. 22, 2010 For Canadian legal information of a general and topical nature, Duhaime Law has a variety of articles written by lawyers in clear, easy-to-understand language. It's a great resource for improving your general understanding of Canadian, 2009


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