Month: July 2016

In Case You Don’t Know – We’re on Social Media

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The Law Society is on social media and our followers has been steadily growing. If you aren’t already following us, check us out on Facebook and Twitter. We not only post interesting items about we’re up to, but also follow other organizations that may be of interest to our members including:

  • Government of Saskatchewan
  • Courts of Saskatchewan
  • LAWPRO
  • SLAW

So follow us on your platform of preference as one-stop shopping for legal news!

WestlawNext Member Access Renewed

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The Law Society Library is pleased to announce that we have renewed our members’ access to WestlawNext via the Members’ Section. Several WestlawNext Canada resources are included:

WestlawNext Canada LawSource

LawSource contains comprehensive coverage of Canadian case law, federal and provincial legislation, Canadian law reviews and journals, KeyCiteCanada case citatory, the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (C.E.D.) and the Canadian Abridgment.

Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (C.E.D.)

The C.E.D. is a great place to begin your legal research. It provides you with a clear overview of any legal topic and gives you context to cases and legislation relevant to your issue. Over 225 subjects are listed alphabetically, with sub-topics to pinpoint the area of law you may be interested in.

The Canadian Abridgment

A comprehensive collection of over a million digests of Canadian case law organized by legal issue according to a single taxonomy (The Canadian Abridgment Key Classification System). This collection is exclusive to Carswell, and covers virtually every reported or unreported case received from the courts since 1986, with the exception of Quebec civil law cases

CriminalSource (formerly Criminal Spectrum)

WestlawNext Canada CriminalSource contains a large collection of criminal case law, annotations, commentary, and other tools.

FamilySource

WestlawNext Canada FamilySource contains a large collection of  family case law, legislation, and commentary.

LabourSource

Westlaw Canada LabourSource contains a large collection of court, arbitration and labour board decisions, commentary and collective bargaining material.

For more information and tips on using WestlawNext, please visit our previous blog posts:

The recorded version of the webinar, Introducing WestLawNext: Getting the Most out of It!, is also available to purchase from our CPD department.

Thing to Know When Working With a Real Estate Agent

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The Government of Saskatchewan recently released a reminder from the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) and the Saskatchewan Real Estate Commission about the obligations and responsibilities of real estate agents. The reminder included:

  • Agents must take steps to ensure disclosure of all material facts relating to property up front;
  • Agents must present all written offers in a prompt, objective and unbiased manner;
  • All real estate agents must be registered with the Saskatchewan Real Estate Commission; and
  • If members of the public have questions, concerns, or complaints about a real estate transaction or an agent they should contact the Commission.

For more information about real estate agent responsibilities, please the government’s news page, the  Saskatchewan Real Estate Commission and FCAA Real Estate agents Responsibilities.

History Alive! Legislative Building Vignettes

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

This summer history comes alive at the Legislative Building! Each Monday and Wednesday afternoon until September 7th, live historic vignettes will be performed. The vignettes feature key figures in Saskatchewan history and reimagine conversations from the halls of the Legislative Building in the early 1900s.

Come to the Saskatchewan Legislative Building main entrance
Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the top of the hour
July 4 to September 7

For more information, please see the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan website.

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By daryl_mitchell (Saskatchewan Legislative Building) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Scrabble Battle Winners Declared!

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scrabble10Kelly Laycock

The Scrabble team at the library has come to a decision. With the dwindling board space, and with summer holidays keeping people busy, but mostly because of the extreme point gap between our members and the library staff, we’ve decided it’s time to declare a Scrabble Battle Winner! We have had a lot of fun trying to outscore you, but we clearly were up against some serious Scrabblers.

Final scores are:
LSS Members: 354
LSS Library: 274

Congratulations to everyone who faithfully contributed such great, innovation-themed words to us over the past 8 weeks. Thanks to your participation, we have amassed an inspiring array of words that fit the theme of the Fall Issue of the Benchers’ Digest: INNOVATION.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Fall Issue, available online at the beginning of September! Until then, take a break with our Summer Issue. Have a safe and relaxing summer!

Lawyers Weekly

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lawyersweeklyBy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The July 22nd edition of Lawyers Weekly digital edition is now available via the Members’ Section of the Law Society website. Articles in this issue include:

  • Crampton wants feds to diversify colours of court
  • Israeli paper libel case to be tried in an Ontario court
  • Family Law: Crimes of the mother
  • Business & Careers: Experience Matters