By Kelly Laycock
The New Year is always a good time to take stock of the previous year to see what was accomplished, and the Library is pretty pumped to say that we had a great year for publications. This time last year, we were starting production on a very prestigious project with the Court of Appeal, and I had the pleasure of working with the Honourable Stuart J. Cameron and the Court of Appeal staff on the practice and annotation guide for the Court of Appeal Rules and The Court of Appeal Act, 2000. In November, we launched the title Civil Appeals in Saskatchewan, a one-of-a-kind look at the appeal process at the highest court in this province. Ordering information is available on our website.
In 2014 the Library worked with Colin K. Hirschfeld to revise the The Builders’ Lien Act: A Practitioners’ Manual by W. Brent Gough, which became the Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual, 2nd Edition. The revision reflected important amendments to the Act and relevant new case law since the first printing more than 20 years ago. This ever popular resource became our pilot project for our first ebook, which we launched in January 2015. Now, one year later, we’d like to offer a special limited time offer on the price of the Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual, 2nd Edition along with a fun gift. This special offer will affect both the ebook and print versions and will launch during the CBA Mid-Winter Meeting held at the Delta Regina Hotel from February 4 – 5. Drop by our booth at the CBA Mid-Winter Meeting to see what all the fuss is about or watch for updates on the Law Society Library’s website and our blog, Legal Sourcery. Happy Building!
A few projects that often go unnoticed are the publication in the Members Section on our website. These include the updates to the online-only Saskatchewan Limitations Manual, originally put together in 2005 by Thomas J. Schonhoffer, QC, and Donna Revet. Our updates are now completed once a year by Christine Johnston, and encompass all the new limitation periods for proclaimed or soon-to-be-proclaimed legislation in the province, complete with case law annotations. Our latest update was completed on December 23, 2015.
We’d also like to announce a new look for the Queen’s Bench Practice Manual and Checklists in the Members Section. This update is more user-friendly, allowing you to easily find tips and tricks in several popular areas of law. Written and revised by local experts in each area of law, these resources will help new lawyers get a handle on unfamiliar procedures, or help practiced lawyers explore a new area of law with confidence. If you think we are missing anything, please let us know. Or better yet, volunteer your time to write new materials or review existing documents!
And if that wasn’t enough, we sent out our second release of the Queen’s Bench Rules of Saskatchewan: Annotated to finish off the year with a bang! Shipping is underway and subscribers will be receiving their loose-leafs shortly.
One last thing! Something new is coming in 2016: A fresh face for our Benchers’ Digest quarterly newsletter! Keep your eyes peeled…