Month: October 2015

Happy Halloween

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Book pumpkin by Alan

By Jenneth Hogan

Happy Halloween from the Law Society of Saskatchewan library staff. We hope that you have a safe and happy holiday and that you take advantage of the one day a year when it’s perfectly acceptable to take candy from strangers.

And because we can’t resist a good (bad) joke: Why don’t skeletons like parties? They have no body to dance with.

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Jenneth, Melanie, Alan, Sarah

CPD Webinar: Introducing WestlawNext (Tip of the Week)

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The Law Society Library is delighted to announce that, as of summer 2015, all Saskatchewan lawyers now have desktop access to WestlawNext Canada.  This amazing resource gives legal researchers unprecedented access to primary and secondary law.  Are you familiar with all of WestlawNext’s different features, components, and source products?  If not, you are likely missing out.  Get the most out of WestlawNext today!

Join the Law Society Library duo, Ken Fox and Alan Kilpatrick, for a lunch webinar on November 24th that will explore the key features of this comprehensive integrated legal resource.  The webinar will cover how to:

  • Search for case law
  • Find legislation through a search or browsing
  • Find case citations, statute citations, and commentary citations using KeyCite Canada
  • Find relevant commentary in the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest
  • Search the Canadian Abridgment Digests
  • Find articles in the Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL)
  • Find commentary, legislation, and cases in CriminalSource, FamilySource, and LabourSource
  • Sort and filter search results
  • Take advantage of structured linking between various sources listed above

Register today! The webinar is accredited for one (1.0) CPD Hour.

The Elephant in Parliament: The Magna Carta in 1628 & 1642 (Throwback Thursday)

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(Part 3 of a series | Part 1  | Part 2)

“Every member of the House being a counsellor, should have three properties of the elephant: first, that he hath no gall; secondly, that he is inflexible and cannot bow; thirdly, that he is of a most ripe and perfect memory.”

As an exhausted toddler exhibits a burst of energy before bedtime, so did the English Crown kick up a mighty fuss in the last days of its ultimate prerogative, its pre-eminence above the law of the land. That last burst of energy was named Charles I – but first let’s, in broad strokes, fill in the three intervening centuries.

The reign of Edward I (1272 – 1306) brought many new laws and institutions, including Parliament, which placed checks upon the king’s power. Under his grandson, Edward III (1327 – 1377) the charter received new interpretations called the “Six Statutes” that facilitated the break-down of the feudal system.

The Great Famine (1315 – 1317) and the Black Death (1348 – 1349) catastrophically reduced the population and created labour shortages and rising wages, which disempowered the landed estates. In 1381 there was a Peasants’ Revolt, which was suppressed, but not without permanent damage to the psyche of the ruling classes. In 1354 the scope of the Charter was expanded to include “all men” (rather than “free men”), and in 1400 it was expanded again to include “ladies of great estate.”

Movable type was invented around 1450, the textiles industry expanded, as did manufacturing in general, and property laws were altered to facilitate, and sometimes inhibit, the growing industry and the rising mercantile class. Serfs, empowered by the high demand for labour, left their feudal masters and moved to villages, or acquired their own land and became peasant farmers. The new arrangements stoked innovation’s fires, and the new mercantile economy created social mobility, and new classes of people with new ideas.    Read the rest of this entry »

Civil Appeals in Saskatchewan – New Release!

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Our publishing department at the Law Society Library has been in overdrive this year, working hard to bring to you Civil Appeals in Saskatchewan, The Court of Appeal Rules & Act Annotated, a brand-new title created in coordination with the Court of Appeal. Former Justice Stuart J. Cameron has authored this annotated guide to help practitioners navigate the sometimes complicated civil rules and legislation of the highest level of Saskatchewan court.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the November Release of this highly anticipated resource!

The history of this endeavor is one that has seen many incarnations, as an early draft from notes and ponderings of a former Justice, to the fully realized, nearly 400-page annotation of both the rules and legislation it has eventually become. Not to mention the many people that have been involved at one point or another over its evolution these past six years. Justice Cameron explains:

At the suggestion of then Chief Justice Klebuc in the fall of 2009, the Court of Appeal undertook to compile an annotated version of The Court of Appeal Rules based on a draft prepared several years earlier by the Honorable Calvin Tallis, a distinguished former member of the court. The court undertook to do so in conjunction with the Law Society of Saskatchewan, and with the support of the Saskatchewan Law Foundation. I agreed to head up the project with the assistance of a group of law librarians familiar with the annotation of The Queen’s Bench Rules.

As so often happens in life, “way leads on to way” and what began as a relatively modest project eventually became a rather more ambitious one. At the suggestion along the way of Mr Justice Richards (as he then was), the court decided, with the backing of both the Law Society and the Law Foundation, to expand the scope of the project to include not only an annotated version of The Court of Appeal Rules but also an annotated version of The Court of Appeal Act, 2000.

The importance of this new guide has been extolled by Chief Justice Robert Richards in the Foreword to this first edition:

Stuart Cameron’s annotation is helpfully cast as a guide to practice in relation to the civil side of the court’s mandate. It is written and organized with care, clarity and thoroughness. The research has been exhaustive. At many points, by way of a practice tip, the reader will also gain the benefit of my former colleague’s considerable appellate experience. This annotation fills a major gap in the tool kit available to lawyers and will doubtlessly become an important starting point for counsel in the analysis of practice and procedure problems involving the Court of Appeal.

This important resource is available for order now! And just in time for Christmas!

Lawyers Weekly

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The October 30th edition of Lawyers Weekly digital edition is now available via the Members’ Section of the Law Society website. Articles in this issue include:

  • Top court warns fairness a must in roadside driving suspensions
  • Judge upholds leave denial for federal election
  • ADR: Hitting the stop button
  • Legal Aid & Pro Bono: Three ways to access justice
  • Business & Careers: Getting your message across

In Case You Missed It – New Court of Appeal Practice Directive

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Effective September 1, the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan has issued Civil Practice Directive No. 8 which provides for Appeal Settlement Conferences at the request of the parties to an appeal. For more information, please see the Notice regarding Practice Directive No. 8.

Family Law Assistance Clinics

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

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Family Law Saskatchewan together with the Family Law Information Centre, Government of Saskatchewan, and support from the Law Society of Saskatchewan ,Station 20 West, Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan, CLASSIC – Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City and the Saskatoon Public Library is hosting free assistance clinics November 5th in Saskatoon for individuals applying for family law court orders or looking for alternatives to court. For more information or to register, contact Suneil at 1-888-218-2822, Ext 2 or email suneil.sarai@gov.sk.ca. Please also see the event posters for more information: