Day: June 27, 2014
By Alan Kilpatrick
The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library recently purchased an exciting new criminal sentencing resource called rangefindr. Rangefindr is designed to help lawyers and judges find criminal sentencing ranges in seconds instead of hours. Click on a few tags that describe the kinds of cases you’re looking for (like “Assault,” “First offender,” and “Emphasizes rehabilitation”) and rangefindr tells you what kind of sentences were imposed in those cases. One more click and you can review the judgments themselves.
You can access rangefindr from the Members’ Section of the Law Society website.
For example, let’s use rangefindr to identify the sentencing range of a young adult, with no prior record, convicted of dangerous driving. Let’s select tags from the left side of the screen that describe our case.
Begin by selecting the criminal code offence, dangerous driving.
Next, indicate that the accused is a young adult.
Finally, indicate that the accused is a first offender with no prior record.
As we make our tags more specific, the number of cases that match our tags is indicated at the bottom of the screen. Once we have entered all of the tags describing our case, select show me these cases.
Our search retrieved 35 cases. The first search result displayed is 2014 ONCJ 119. The sentence imposed was 1 year and 6 months probation. A link to CanLII is provided on the right.
The second result is 2013 ABQB 414. The total sentence imposed was two years.
If you have any questions about rangefindr, ask a Law Society Librarian. Library staff provide legal research assistance to members in person, on the telephone, or by e-mail.
Call 306-569-8020 in Regina