Useful Resources

Family Law Self-Help Kits

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The Family Law Information Centre of the Ministry of Justice has prepared Self-Help Kits containing a package of court forms and instructions to assist you with family matters. The kits are used by parties who intend to represent themselves in court on several different types of proceedings. Please see their website to access the kits and for more information.

Updates on Content from Lancaster House

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

CanLII is pleased to share two exciting announcements about content by Lancaster House Publishing.

  1. The latest update of Peter Neumann and Jeffrey Sack’s eText on Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law from Lancaster House has been published on CanLII.

The eText on Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law from Lancaster House was the first piece of commentary on CanLII in 2012 and led the way for the commentary program we have now. We appreciate that they saw the potential for making their content available on CanLII and look forward to more future collaborations.

2. We have added Lancaster House’s Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal to CanLII’s commentary section

A description of the journal from Lancaster House:

“The Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal is the only peer-reviewed periodical in Canada dedicated to the field, providing in-depth analysis of key issues and commentary on legislative and case law developments. With articles written from both a scholarly and a practice-oriented point of view, the CLELJ covers topics relating to human rights, wrongful dismissal, pension law, workplace privacy, occupational health and safety, and international and comparative labour law. It is published two times a year as a collaborative effort of Lancaster House and the Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace.”

Employment Lawyers – Check This Out!

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By Ken Fox, Reference Librarian

The Law Society Library is pleased to announce that, in cooperation with Thomson Reuters, we have added EmploymentSource to our WestlawNext platform, which now includes:

  • Criminal Source
  • Employment Source
  • Estates & Trusts Source
  • Family Source
  • Labour Source
  • Law Source
  • Canadian Encyclopedic Digest
  • Canadian Abridgment
  • Index to Canadian Legal Literature

All Saskatchewan lawyers can access these services through the Member Resource Section – look for the WestlawNext Canada heading and the list of direct links to the services which follows.

What does EmploymentSource include?

Well, first and most importantly, it includes up-to-date editions of the following online texts:

  • Canadian Employment Law (Ball)
  • Canadian Health and Safety Law (Keith)
  • Employee Obligations in Canada (D’Andrea)
  • Illness and Disability in the Workplace (D’Andrea)
  • Law of Dismissal in Canada, 3rd Edition (Levitt)

It includes all issues of Levitt’s Dismissal and Employment Law Digest, and an Employment Bulletin, to which new items are added from time to time.

Under Finding Tools, there is a Wrongful Dismissal Quantum Service. So if I enter the term “harassment” in the search, I get a full report on notice periods related to that concept, replete with tables, graphs, and case digests with links to full-text judgments.

Also under Finding Tools, you will find A-Z indices to the all of the above-mentioned online textbooks. The texts are searchable, of course, but there are still situations where an old-school index will get you where you need faster than a search.

What does EmploymentSource exclude?

Yes, unfortunately, we are not able to offer you the full range of titles on display on the EmploymentSource home page. Specifically, we currently don’t have access to any of the texts listed under the heading “eLooseleafs on ProView.” If you see a title or two among those, or anything else, that you think we should invest in, please let us know!

E.M. Culliton Scholarship Endowment

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As a tribute to the former Chief Justice E. M. Culliton, an endowment was established by the Law Society of Saskatchewan to provide that in perpetuity a special scholarship is to be awarded for the pursuit of post-graduate studies in criminal law.

The criteria for the selection of the recipients of the annual scholarship are as follows:

The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating student of the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan or to a resident practicing member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan for the pursuit of graduate studies in criminal law at a recognized institution. The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic record and research potential, service to the practice of law in Saskatchewan, and such other guidelines as from time to time may be determined appropriate by the committee.

The deadline date for receipt of applications is May 3, 2019 and a decision will be made by the end of June, 2019.

Please complete application form and email to Liz at liz.lynchuk@lawsociety.sk.ca.

Queen’s Bench Rules of Court and Forms Amended

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By Christine Muldoon

The Court of Queen’s Bench amended the Rules of Court, related forms and tariff of costs effective March 15, 2019.  Most of the changes relate to default judgments, while some of the changes to the forms are minor “housekeeping” changes.

As a courtesy to our members, the Law Society Library converts the PDF forms into Word documents for easy use. We have completed the conversion and these documents are now available on the Law Society website. The following forms were affected:

  • Form 3-9 is amended;
  • Form 3-22 is added;
  • Form 4-11 is amended;
  • Form 6-51B is amended;
  • Form 6-70A is amended;
  • Form 6-70B is amended;
  • Form 6-70C is amended;
  • Form 6-72A is amended;
  • Form 6-72B is amended;
  • Form 6-72C is amended;
  • Form 6-85B is amended;
  • Former Form 12-3 is repealed and replaced with a new Form 12-3;
  • Form 15-21 is amended;
  • Form 15-43 is amended; and
  • Form 15-56A is amended.

Please see details in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part I, February 22, 2019

The Quebec Journal of International Law (QJIL) is now available on CanLII

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By Sarah Sutherland; reblogged with permission from the CanLII Blog

CanLII is thrilled to announce that the Quebec Journal of International Law (QJIL) has been added to our commentary section.

The QJIL is a bi-annual publication that was created in 1984 by Professor Jacques-Yvan Morin. The journal publishes studies, notes and commentaries, case law reviews and book reviews on topics of international law. It is the only journal of international law in North America to publish mainly in French, but also publishes articles in English and Spanish.

The editorial board is comprised of students recruited from the faculties of law in Quebec: Université de Montréal, McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, Université Laval and students from the University of Ottawa.

CanLII is pleased to help promote this publication and continue to offer it openly so that more members within and beyond the French-speaking community can benefit from its content.

call for manuscripts is permanently open for whomever wishes to submit an article to their committee. Thank you to the Quebec Journal of International Law for collaborating with us! You can access the issues on CanLII here.

Announcing the LSS Cloud Computing Guide

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By Greg Hluska, IT Coordinator 

Cloud.

You’ve heard the term, perhaps wondered what it really meant and maybe even worried about it. ‘The cloud’ is just a marketing term that means the internet. So, if you see the term ‘cloud storage’, it means ‘store your documents on the internet’.

There are many benefits to using the cloud properly. If you pick the right providers, it will be easier to keep, manage and restore backups. You can also seriously expand your office – if you’re careful, you can have access to all your most important files anywhere you have an internet connection. And perhaps most helpful, some services will even handle security updates and patches for you.

Benefits aside, there are some important pitfalls to be aware of before you make any kind of cloud investment. Ultimately, transitioning to something cloud based involves getting many small details right. And, it is helpful to learn about best practices from people who have been through these types of business transitions before.

The Law Society of British Columbia developed guidelines for best practices in using the cloud back in 2012. The Prairie Law Societies adapted these guidelines into a checklist to help members use the cloud securely. Our Cloud Computing Guide contains some important information, helpful best practices and a comprehensive checklist that will help you steer clear of the most common pitfalls. It is available now in our Practice Resources section.