Month: September 2018

Saskatchewan Annual Statutes Added to CanLII

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Repost with Permission from The CanLII Blog

We are happy to be able to announce that we have completed a project to add the annual statutes for the Province of Saskatchewan to CanLII back to 1978.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan, and we are grateful to the board and staff of the foundation for supporting this work. Thanks also goes to the staff at the Law Society of Saskatchewan Libraries for discussing priorities for the legal research environment in Saskatchewan. Finally, we would like to thank CAIJ for funding the initial development required to add annual statutes to CanLII, which started with the Federal statutes and the annual statutes of Quebec.

Annual statutes are an important addition to CanLII’s primary law collections because they are the laws as passed by Canada’s parliamentary bodies. Without access to the annual statutes, it can be difficult to navigate legislation over time.

The annual statutes database brings together the statutes once enacted by the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.

You can read the initial announcement of the addition of annual statutes to here.

Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench Rules Annotated 2018 – Pre-sale

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By Christine Muldoon

The new print edition of the Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench Rules Annotated is scheduled for delivery to the Law Society Library on October 9, 2018 and the ebook will be available shortly thereafter. We are now taking pre-orders for both versions.

Features of the Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench Rules Annotated 2018-2019 include:

  • Content updated to Saskatchewan Gazette Volume 114, No. 13
  • Case law updated to March 2018
  • Full index, tariff of costs, historical concordance from 1961, tables of cases, statutes and authorities
  • All annotations and updates by Christine Johnston BEd, LLB

Prior to the release of this new edition, the Law Society Library reduced the price of our previous print editions. In case you missed that news, the Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench Rules Annotated 2017-2018 is now available for $125.00 and the Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench Rules Annotated 2016 is only $25.00. The ebook versions of those editions are also available for a reduced price through Emond Publishing.

As always, we appreciate your feedback on the Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench Rules Annotated. Please do not hesitate to contact the Library to alert us to any errors that may have survived our meticulous – but imperfect – editing process.

New Books in the Library – Summer 2018

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By Sara Stanley

Canadian Anti-Money Laundering Law: Gaming Sector

Robert Kroeker and Jeffrey Simser

“Wedged between gaming law and anti-money laundering provisions, the gaming industry is complex and challenging. That’s likely why no one has taken on the task of providing specific, thorough and practical advice to practitioners and managers working in this sector – until now. Canadian Anti-Money Laundering Law: Gaming Sector teams a pair of seasoned authorities in AML and gaming law to illuminate the context and break down the requirements into practical, comprehensible steps.”

 Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements, 4th ed.

Cynthia L. Elderkin and Julia S. Shin Doi

“This publication combines a practical approach by providing sample boilerplate clauses and explaining their meaning with a legal framework. It explains the underlying historical common law and equitable principles that gave rise to the use of such boilerplate clauses and analyzes the judicial treatment of those clauses. The publication also addresses practical issues that may arise in the use of boilerplate clauses and makes recommendations on drafting such clauses.”

Regulatory Offences in Canada: Liability and Defences, 2nd ed.

John Swaigen andSusan McRory

“Regulatory laws pervade our lives, controlling how we do everything from parking the car to fixing the roof to disposing of nuclear waste. They are meant to control and reduce the risks we impose upon each other through activities as diverse as driving, earning a living, building a house, or running an atomic power station.

Regulatory Offences in Canada: Liability and Defences, Second Edition is a guide to the world of regulatory offences written by authors with over a half a century in practical legal experience in this area of regulatory law. This text focuses on the unique problems in enforcing and defending public welfare law, and it reviews the concepts that arise from the case law. Whether you are a judge, a lawyer, an investigator, or a business person, this text will assist you in navigating these tricky waters.”

Charter Justice in Canadian Criminal Law

Don Stuart

“This influential text provides a critical review of how the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is being applied in the criminal courts by the Supreme Court, courts of appeal and trial judges. Important decisions and scholarly arguments are examined and updated.”

The Trial of Sexual Offence Cases, 2nd ed.

Michelle Fuerst, Mona Duckett and Frank P. Hoskins

The Trial of Sexual Offence Cases, Second Edition is a basic guide to the relevant issues and authorities of which Crown counsel, defence counsel, and judges should be aware in cases of individuals charged with sexual assault or any of the related sexual offences. This manual is intended to be a starting point and quick reference source. The authors draw upon their extensive experience to provide step-by-step guidance for both Crown and defence, from the initial client interview to the completion of the proceedings in the criminal justice system, including sentencing. Among the topics addressed are the factors to consider, and procedures involved, in making a Seaboyer application, the topic of child witnesses, expert witnesses, third-party record applications, and publication bans. For ease of reference, the relevant statutory provisions, including those no longer in force that may apply in cases of delayed complaints, are set out in the Appendices. Also included in the Appendices are excerpts from Watt’s Manual of Criminal Jury Instructions, Second Edition.”

The Law of Traffic Offences, 4th ed.

Scott Hutchison, David Rose, and Philip Downes

“Handle traffic offences with maximum effectiveness. The Law of Traffic Offences, 4th Edition provides a thorough understanding of the offence as well as a way to determine quickly whether all the elements in the charge have been covered. Other topics include:

  • challenges to radar evidence
  • speeding
  • driving without insurance
  • procedure in traffic cases
  • evidence
  • careless driving
  • certificate of offence
  • commercial motor vehicles
  • appeals in traffic cases
  • imposing less than minimum fine and more.”



Source: Thomson Reuters

Amendments to Impaired Driving Laws

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The Traffic Safety (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act, 2018, SS 2018, c.45, and The Miscellaneous Vehicle and Driving Statutes (Cannabis Legislation) Amendment Act, 2018, SS 2018, c.21, are now in force in Saskatchewan. According to the government’s news release, these amendments include stronger penalties for drug-impaired drivers and for impaired drivers who transport children.

According to the news release:

As of Sept. 1, zero tolerance for drug impairment will apply to all drivers.  Zero tolerance means that drivers should not get behind the wheel with any level of impairing drugs in their system detectable by a federally-approved screening device, or a standardized field sobriety test.  The province has also updated legislation and regulations so that tough administrative penalties that impaired drivers in Saskatchewan faced under existing legislation will also apply to anyone charged under three new federal drug-impaired driving laws (

CBC also reported on the amendments, including possible court challenges to the effectiveness of the testing machines.

Tentative Proposals for a Land Charges Act

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The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan has recently posted a new consultation paper on its website. The paper – Tentative Proposals for a Land Charges Act – is part of the Commission’s project on real property security law in Saskatchewan. The consultation period runs until February 15, 2019.

One month away from Saskatchewan’s third annual Access to Justice Week

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By Brea Lowenberger, Director of CREATE Justice and Access to Justice Coordinator, University of Saskatchewan, College of Law

Please “save the date” for the third annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week, taking place October 20-26, 2018.

The week will provide opportunities to:

  • Engage new and diverse voices in the access to justice conversation; and
  • Highlight initiatives that aim to improve access to justice for Saskatchewan residents.

Get involved in the week’s events and join the conversation by following the Legal Sourcery Blog and #SKA2J on social media.