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Follow the Trail of Your Legal Research Activity on Lexbox

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By Alisa Lazear; reblogged with permission from the CanLII Blog

Lexbox is a free tool designed to help you keep track of your legal research online that has been integrated into CanLII.

Lexbox folders are there to keep track of your research, but you may get caught up in a complex search query and forget to save a document or not realize you needed it until later.

The Lexbox “Recent History” feature can help you backtrack your research activity so you can access those documents you may have discarded. The feature was designed for legal researchers to look for a search they performed or a document they previously visited.

You can use the Lexbox search history feature to:

  • Find a discarded search result
  • Reload a complex search query that was not saved into one of your folders
  • Track time spent on supported websites for billing purposes.

Keep in mind that you have the full control over the recording in Recent History:

  • The tracking of your Recent History can be enabled or disabled from your Lexbox profile.  It is enabled by default.

  • Lexbox records your history for up to 30 days. You can delete all the items recorded in your Recent History, or individual items, at any time.

Gladue Rights Research Database Free and Open

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The Gladue Rights Research Database provides lawyers, researchers and others with instant access to the insights and conclusions of more than 500 academic works related to the history of settler colonialism in Saskatchewan. It also includes a large and growing body of oral history resources and key archival documents.

The database, which was officially launched last May and was supported by the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan, is the product of a partnership between Legal Aid Saskatchewan, the Community-Engaged History Collaboratorium (U of S Department of History) and the U of S Humanities and Fine Arts Digital Research Centre. While originally offered on a subscription basis, open access to the database has been made possible through the generosity of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, Legal Aid Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Corrections and Policing, and the Community-engaged History Collaboratorium, Department of History, at the University of Saskatchewan.

Gladue reports are pre-sentencing or bail hearing reports stemming from a landmark 1999 Supreme Court of Canada decision, based on a section of the Criminal Code, advising lower courts to consider Indigenous offenders’ backgrounds during sentencing. The reports can contain recommendations to a court on an appropriate sentence and provide details about the impacts of settler colonialism on an Indigenous person’s background, such as residential school history, physical or sexual abuse, interactions with the child welfare system, addictions and other health issues.

The database will contribute to the goals articulated by Canada’s Supreme Court, including reducing the number of Indigenous people sentenced to serve time in correctional facilities. It will accomplish this in several ways, such as by making Gladue reports—which can cost between $6,000 and $8,000 each in British Columbia—easier to prepare and less expensive for Indigenous people and their legal counsel in Saskatchewan.

The database is a robust and growing resource that has been built by Indigenous and non-Indigenous students at the U of S, working under faculty mentorship. It builds capacity within the justice system toward meeting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s calls to action regarding education about the history of colonialism as it relates to Indigenous people in Canada.

The database is the first of its kind in Canada and other jurisdictions may replicate this innovative tool in the future. The stakeholders involved in the development and continued maintenance of the database are proud to support such a worthwhile and beneficial project.

Over 8,000 cases from the Western Weekly Reports Have Been Added to CanLII

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By Sarah Sutherland; reblogged with permission from the CanLII Blog

There is a lot of caselaw out there and we want to make sure you have access to the most useful information first. This is why we have strategically built our caselaw databases starting with content from reporters that have been the most frequently cited by Canadian courts.

The project began with the Supreme Court Reports (SCR), followed by the Dominion Law Reports(DLR), and then the Canadian Criminal Cases (CCC). The Western Weekly Reports (WWR) was next on the list as the most cited reporter and we are pleased to announce that we have added more than 8,000 cases from this series.

You can find the WWRs in order of most frequently cited using this search query.

Similarly to the previous caselaw projects, we published the documents using our innovative PDF format, powered by Lexum technology. This allows for the documents to be uploaded at a low cost with digital features such as linked citations and full text searching.

By adding more relevant caselaw to the CanLII database, we hope to help legal researchers find what they need faster and easier than before.

Upgraded Publications Centre Launched

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The Government of Saskatchewan’s newly overhauled online Publications Centre has gone live.

The new site offers better access on mobile devices and provides an upgraded user-interface that features better search functionality and an improved online ordering process.

“We’re committed to making it easier for people to access legislation and other important government documents,” Justice Minister and Attorney General, Don Morgan said. “Improving our online resources encourages citizen engagement and increases the public’s access to information, and ultimately, to justice.”

Included among the new features with the launch of the improved website is the ability for users to create a personal account. By logging in, users will be able to manage favourites, view their order status, review their order history and print invoices. Users will continue to be able to download, view, print and order available government documents online.

Publications Centre is a free online service that provides centralized access to all Government of Saskatchewan and related agency publications. One of its key responsibilities is ensuring the public has open access to current and historical government legislation and regulations.

The updated Publications Centre can be found at publications.saskatchewan.ca

CanLII Connects Content Is Now Searchable on CanLII.org!

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By Sarah Sutherland; reposted with permission from the CanLII Blog

We are pleased to announce that we have completed the integration of CanLII Connects entries into search results on CanLII.org. This will make this important source of caselaw commentary more findable, and support better integration through tools like CanLII’s note up feature.

When you conduct a search on CanLII, you are now able to get results of content from CanLII Connects. For example, doing a document search for “promise doctrine” will provide results that link to CanLII Connects entries. Clicking on the title of the entry will direct you to the full document on CanLII Connects.

We hope you find this integration useful. Happy researching!

Alberta and British Columbia Editions of OnPoint Legal’s Take Five Newsletter Are Now on CanLII

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By Sarah Sutherland; reposted with permission from the CanLII Blog.

CanLII is happy to announce that Take Five, a newsletter published by OnPoint Legal Research Corporation, has been added to our commentary section.

The Take Five newsletter is issued in two monthly editions that highlight a selection of cases from the British Columbia Court of Appeal (BC Edition) and the Alberta Court of Appeal (Alberta Edition). An interesting feature in these newsletters is the addition of “Counsel Comments” where counsel involved with the selected decisions can discuss important legal changes, thoughts on appeal prospects, or other ideas on the case. The newsletters also regularly features articles by leading legal professionals discussing current legal topics.

Current issues of both editions are available on CanLII:

You can find case summaries from previous issues of Take Five by OnPoint Law on CanLII Connects.

Alberta’s Environmental Law Centre Reports Added to CanLII

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By Sarah Sutherland; reblogged with permission from the CanLII Blog

We are happy to announce that Alberta’s Environmental Law Centre has started publishing its reports on CanLII.

The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) in Alberta is a charitable organization providing analysis and recommendations concerning proposed and current legislation in the area of environmental law. Since 1982, the ELC has been offering services to the environmental community, corporations, everyday citizens, the legal community, and policy-makers.

The ELC is dedicated to providing credible and comprehensive legal information on environmental law so that Albertans can access the legal tools needed to create and sustain a healthy environment. We are pleased to make their reports openly available on our platform.
We are grateful to the ELC for reaching out to us and hope this will inspire others to do the same. You can access their reports on CanLII here.