Month: May 2017

Free Family Law Assistance Clinics – Moose Jaw

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On the first Thursday of the month, free family law clinics for the public will be held at the Court of Queens Bench in Moose Jaw from 1:30 to 3:30:

  • Are you applying to court for child support, custody/access or divorce?
  • Do you need help with the court forms and process?
  • Do you wonder if you have options to going to court?

You can get help with your questions, and to use the court forms available on Family Law Saskatchewan (PLEA).

There is no cost to attend and no registration is required.

More information: Moose Jaw Sessions

Access to Justice Bulletin, May 2017

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From the Saskatchewan Access to Justice Working Group

Legal services task team appointed by government of Saskatchewan to explore provision of legal services by non-lawyers: http://bit.ly/2qcKZ43.

Law Society of Saskatchewan Library presents on access to legal information innovation in Saskatchewan at provincial & national library conferences: http://bit.ly/2ri549c.

The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) on a path to inclusive technology to improve access to justice: http://bit.ly/2qhBLzl.

Join Annual General Meetings of Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan & CBA Saskatchewan Branch on June 15, 2017: http://bit.ly/2rCYIRM.

Law Society of Saskatchewan Annual General Meeting & Panel Discussion on Technology & the Changing Legal Landscape on June 15, 2017: http://bit.ly/2qxRcrv.

Joint Annual General Meetings of CLASSIC and Elizabeth Fry Society on June 22, 2017: http://bit.ly/2rVlnoI.

Free family law help now offered in Moose Jaw on first Thursday of each month: http://bit.ly/2qhiopX.

Calgary Provincial Court Judge Dunnigan provides information on family court cases on CBC Radio series: http://bit.ly/2qXsBce.

National Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters launches public engagement campaign: http://bit.ly/2qTdwHE.

Pilot project launched by College of Law and CLASSIC, offering course credit to law students to participate in intensive clinical law program over Summer 2017.

New blog post by 2017 Law Foundation of Ontario Research Fellow, Nikki Gershbain on promoting legal coaching in family law: http://bit.ly/2qXLaz6.

PASS IT ON! SUBMIT YOUR BITE-SIZED ACCESS TO JUSTICE NEWS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE BULLETIN TO a2jworkinggroup@usask.ca AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO SUBSCRIBE FOR THE BULLETIN AT http://bit.ly/29eyYPr.

 

Saskatchewan Legislative Update

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The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 113 No. 20, May 19, 2017:

  • SR 39/2017 The Parks Amendment Regulations, 2017
  • SR 40/2017 The Traffic Safety (Speed Monitoring) Amendment Regulations, 2017
  • SR 41/2017 The Vehicle Classification and Registration (Miscellaneous) Amendment Regulations, 2017
  • SR 42/2017 The Vehicle Equipment (Miscellaneous) Amendment
  • Regulations, 2017

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 113 No. 21, May 26, 2017:

  • L-10.2 Reg 1 The Legal Profession Regulations
  • SR 43/2017 The Pooled Registered Pension Plans (Saskatchewan) Amendment Regulations, 2017
  • SR 44/2017 The Queen’s Bench (Canadian Free Trade Agreement) Amendment Regulations, 2017
  • Règlement modificatif de 2017 sur la Cour du Banc de la Reine (Accord de libre-échange canadien)
  • SR 45/2017 The Seizure of Criminal Property Amendment Regulations, 2017

Upcoming Law Firm Practice Management Pilot Project

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By Barbra Bailey, Policy Counsel
Law Society of Saskatchewan

The Law Society of Saskatchewan, in collaboration with the Law Societies of Alberta and Manitoba, has been exploring a new model of regulating legal services in a manner that is risk-focused, proactive and with a greater focus on law firms as a whole, rather than a sole focus on individual lawyers. The new approach is designed to be more responsive to a diverse and profoundly changing environment, to enhance the quality of legal services, to encourage ethical legal practice and to foster innovation in legal service delivery. The feedback from the membership regarding this regulatory model has been positive and we are now seeking to test and enhance this new approach through a pilot project.  This will involve a randomly selected, geographically proportionate sample of 25 law firms of varying sizes and sole practitioners across the province.

Next month, Benchers of the Law Society will begin contacting firms to ask them to participate in the Prairie Law Societies’ Law Firm Practice Management pilot project.  Participation is voluntary but we hope you will agree to participate as your input will be invaluable to the Law Society’s goal of developing a more modern and proactive approach to regulation.  We believe that participation in the pilot project will also help your firm to mitigate risk and to enhance practice management, firm culture and overall delivery of legal services and client satisfaction.

Please stay tuned for further updates.

The Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Project (SALI)

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By Alan Kilpatrick

This talk was presented at the 2017 Saskatchewan Library Association Conference by Alan Kilpatrick, Reference Librarian, BA, MLIS.

I am here to share a remarkable library collaboration that is going to revolutionize access to justice and legal information in this province.  The Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Project (SALI) is a new partnership among urban, rural, and remote libraries, justice industry stakeholders, and community organizations, working to advance access to justice for Saskatchewan residents.

The project arose in 2016 out of a discussion at the Dean’s Forum on Access to Justice and Dispute Resolution.  This is an initiative from the University of Saskatchewan that brings together justice stakeholders to discuss access to justice and to find solutions to the justice system’s inaccessibility.  During this discussion, the forum realized that serious gaps exist in the public’s access to legal information.  It is generally accepted that legal information is widely accessible through the internet.  However, many people are not aware of the wealth of resources available online.  It can be difficult to determine if online legal information is credible or reliable if you do not a background in the law.

Recognising that libraries are suited to act as intermediaries to help the public locate and identify authoritative legal information, the forum made it a priority to partner with Saskatchewan’s public libraries as a way of improving access to legal information.

Under the coordination of Brea Lowenberger, Saskatchewan’s Access to Justice Coordinator, and Beth Bilson from the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law, a working group was formed with representatives from the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA), the Saskatoon Public Library, the Law Society Library, and the University of Saskatchewan College of Law to investigate turning this idea into reality.  PLEA, Saskatchewan’s official public legal education provider, has developed a variety of accessible legal resources and has experience partnering with public libraries to distribute legal materials.  The Saskatoon Public Library, the Law Society Library, and the College of Law Library all possess legal collections and expertise that enhance PLEA’s materials.

This working group realized it would be valuable to bring together a broader group of library and community partners.  A one day meeting was hosted in Saskatoon last September to exchange information and to discuss the role libraries might play in improving access to legal information.  Those invited included representatives from every library region in the province, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice, Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan, Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City, and Saskatchewan 211.

The morning featured discussion on the access to justice crisis and potential opportunities for libraries to help improve access to legal information.  The afternoon featured break-out sessions.  Several themes emerged during the day.  They included how to collect statistics on public library patron’s legal questions, identifying opportunities for legal reference question training for library staff, and utilizing public library space to increase access to legal information.

Based on the momentum of the meeting, the attendees formally established the SALI project and embraced several next steps.

What’s next for SALI?  Key updates include a two-day conference to be held during Saskatchewan’s second annual access to justice week in October 2017.  This will continue the discussion started at the first meeting.  SALI is also began a pilot project to collect statistics regarding public library patron’s legal questions at six public library locations in May 2017.

Do you participate in improving access to legal information initiatives?  Post a link or picture on Twitter using our hashtag #SKA2J.  Want to get involved with SALI?  Contact us at sali_project@usask.ca!  You can learn more and sign up for the SALI newsletter at law.usask.ca/createjustice.

 

New Journals Issues – April 2017

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By Sarah Roussel-Lewis

The Canadian Class Action Review
Volume 12, Number 2 (2016-2017)

  • Is Class Action a Preferable Remedy for Independent Contractors? A Case Study on the Proposed Canadian Hockey League Class Action / Yaroslavna Nosikova
  • Deterring Compensation: Class Action Litigation and Damage Awards Against Corporate Defendants / Natalie Kolos
  • Class Actions, Punitive Damages, and Decreasing Consumption of Tobacco Products / Sarah Kettani
  • Class Actions and the “Mixed Law” Regimes that have Embraced them: A Comparative Reflection on Class Actions in the South African and Quebec Legal Systems / Monique Pansegrouw and Shaun E Finn
  • Class Action Case Study: From Certification to Trial in Jer v Samj / Mathew P Good
  • Celeste Poltak, Book Review of Class Actions in Context: How Culture, Economics and Politics Shape Collective Litigation by Doborah R Hensler, Christopher Hodges and Ianika Tzankova (2017) 12:2 CCAR 281

 

Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Volume 59, Number 2 (April 2017)

  • Medicinal Marijuana Production Creates Problem Residential Properties: A Routine Activity Theory Explanation and a Situational Crime-Prevention Solution / Joseph Clare, Len Garis, and Paul Maxim
  • “I’ve Lost Some Sleep Over It”: Secondary Trauma in the Provision of Support to Older Fraud Victims / Cassandra Cross
  • When Is a “War” a “Wave?” Two Approaches for the Detection of Waves in Gang Homicides / Martin Bouchard and Sadaf Hashimi
  • L’art de raconteur une bonne histoire : analyse de la couverture médiatique des gangs de rue é la television et sur les plateformes numériques de Radio-Canada / Patricia Brosseau et Jean-Pierre Guay
  • Crime Seasonality across Multiple Jurisdictions in British Columbia, Canada / Shannon J. Linning, Martin A. Anderson, Amir H. Ghaseminejad, and Paul J. Brantingham

 

Estates Trusts & Pensions Journal
Volume 36, Number 2 (February 2017)

  • Cross Border Ownership of Vacation Property: Canada and the United States / Alison Minard and Stephanie Gabor
  • Not Doing Badly: How the Registered Disability Savings Plan Can Help / Troy McEachren and Christos Panagopoulos
  • Doesn’t Travel Well: Cross-Border Estate Planning in Canada and the U.S. / Jeffrey Talpis
  • Drafting and Attacking a Charging Clause in a Will / C.D. Freedman
  • Target Benefit Plans in Canada / Jana Steele

 

UBC Law Review
Volume 50, Number 1 (February 2017)

  • Set-Off & Security Interests / Clayton Bangsund
  • Case Comment on Goodwin v British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles), 2015 SCC 46: Reviewing the Consequences of a Search or Seizure in Administrative Regimes / Shea Coulson
  • The Public Right to Fish and the Triumph of Colonial Dispossession in Ireland and Canada / Sarah E. Hamill
  • Re-Imagining Indigenous Peoples’ Roles in National Resource Development Decision Making: Implementing Free, Prior and Informed Consent in Canada Through Indigenous Legal Traditions / Grace Nosek
  • Legislative Comment: Family Property Division Under the Family Law Act 2011 / Kathryn O’Sullivan
  • Awakening Section 8 in Wakeling: Legal Implications on Wiretaps, Intercepts, Intelligence Sharing and Beyond