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New book on CanLII Commentary: Global Corruption: Law, Theory & Practice, by Gerry Ferguson

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We are happy to announce that we recently added Global Corruption: Law, Theory & Practice, by Gerry Ferguson to CanLIIDocs.

Gerry Ferguson, Distinguished Professor at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, is an expert in criminal law, criminal procedure, sentencing, and global corruption. He is currently a senior associate of the International Centre for Criminal Law and a Member of a United Nations Expert Group working on anti-corruption academic materials.

His book begins with a chapter on the general context of corruption, discussing historical, political, sociological, and economic perspectives. The following chapters cover standards and requirements for combating global corruption under international conventions and under United States, United Kingdom, and Canadian Law.

The author created this resource with the goal of making it easier for others to learn and teach global corruption in legal education. The latest edition, published by the University of Victoria ePublishing Services, is issued under a creative commons license and can be fully used, shared, and adapted for non-commercial purposes. By creating this open resource, they are helping law students, legal professionals, and other practitioners access quality online learning tools and advance their legal education. Previous editions of this book can be found on the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice PolicyCanadian Bar Association, and Tools and Resources for Anti-Corruption Knowledge (TRACK) websites.

Here is a quote from Kim Nayyer, Associate University Librarian – Law, at the University of Victoria, about the publication of the project:

I’m pleased to see high-quality, authoritative legal scholarship in CanLII, world renowned as a reliable source of legal information. CanLII’s inclusion of the respected work, Global Corruption: Law, Theory & Practice by UVic Distinguished Professor Gerry Ferguson is an advance both for access to legal information and for the exposure and availability of university scholarship.

Thank you for sharing this meaningful project and we look forward to seeing more open books to come!

Indigenous Law Resources List

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By Alan Kilpatrick

The 21st annual National Indigenous Peoples Day occurs on June 21, 2018.  In recognition of the event, our library staff have compiled a brief list of Indigenous law resources available in the Law Society Library’s collection:

Dickson, Jamie. The Honour and Dishonur of the Crown: Making Sense of Aboriginal Law in Canada. (Saskatoon: Purich, 2015).
KF 8205.D55 2015

Grammond, Sébastien. Terms of coexistence: indigenous peoples and Canadian law. (Toronto: Carswell, 2013).
KF 8208.G74 2013

Hanna, Darwin. Legal Issues on Indigenous Economic Development. (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2017)
KF 8210.E25 .H24 2017

Newman, Dwight G, ed. Business implications of Aboriginal law. (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2018)
KF 8210.C6.B88 2018

Woodward, Jack. Native Law. (Toronto: Carswell, Loose-leaf current to 2013).
KF 8205.W65 1990

Please contact us if you are interested in these resources.  We also encourage you to consult our Indigenous Law Subject Research Guide for a more comprehensive list of Aboriginal law resources available at the Law Society Library.


References Cited

Roussel-Lewis, Sarah. (2016, June 21). National Aboriginal Day – Resource list. Retrieved from



More commentary from Saskatchewan is now on CanLII

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When I think of the time I lived in Saskatchewan, one of the things I remember most fondly is the can-do attitude. When Saskatchewanians want something they don’t wait around, they all get together and build what they need.

Many small provinces and territories in Canada have not been well served by commercial publishers, as their markets have not been big enough to support the detailed coverage that larger jurisdictions enjoy. The Law Society of Saskatchewan Libraries have done so much to step into the gap, and have been one of the largest publishers of Saskatchewan legal commentary for many years. The Law Society of Saskatchewan has also been one of CanLII’s biggest supporters.

This has come together to mean that Saskatchewan is one of the jurisdictions with the most commentary on CanLII. Now we are happy to get to share that we have just added two new titles from the Law Society of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to CanLII’s commentary section:

Civil Appeals in Saskatchewan: The Court of Appeal Act & Rules Annotated, by Stuart J. Cameron, published by the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

With the expert knowledge gained over almost 34 years on the Court of Appeal, former Justice Stuart J. Cameron carefully guides users through the sometimes complicated legislation and rules of the province’s highest court. This welcome resource provides practical commentary on case law and legislation in one comprehensive, easy-to-use guide.

Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual, by Collin K. Hirschfeld and W. Brent Gough, published by the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

Providing section by section analysis of the Builders’ Lien Act, the first edition of the Manual was authored by W. Brent Gough, Q.C. The Manual was updated by Collin Hirschfeld and released in 2014. The 2nd Edition incorporated changes such as The Builders’ Lien Amendment Act, 2014 that came into force March 12, 2014.

This is in addition to the substantial number of summaries of Saskatchewan case law the Law Society has contributed from their Digests Database. You can read them here.

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan has also contributed their reports.

Thank you to all those organizations for seeing the value in free access to law!

Canadian Law Library Review on CanLII

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CanLII has a long term relationship with Canadian Association of Law Libraries – Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (CALL-ACBD). Besides being long term members of CALL, CanLII staff are actively involved in the association, including several conference presentations this year (you can see more information here and here), and an ill fated presidential run last year. This makes it more meaningful that we can announce that CALL-ACBD has agreed to publish the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR) on CanLII.

The official announcement was made today at the CALL-ACBD annual general meeting by Michel-Adrien Sheppard, one of CALL-ACBD’s members-at-large and the liaison to the CLLR. For those who weren’t there, here is his announcement:

First, not everyone knows, but the CLLR became an open source publication this year and we hope this will lead to a major jump in readership numbers.

Secondly, issues of CLLR will soon be appearing in the Commentary section of CanLII’s website. CanLII has been aggressively adding to its collections of secondary materials in recent years. You might already know of the thousands of case commentaries on what is called CanLII Connects but CanLII has also started adding articles from journals and newsletters. CLLR will be in good company, joining a list of journals on CanLII that already includes the Alberta Law Review, the Canadian Bar ReviewManitoba Law JournalOttawa Law Review, the Windsor Yearbook on Access to Justice and many others. If you are involved in a journal you think would benefit from being on the CanLII platform, talk to CanLII’s Sarah Sutherland who is here at the conference. Thank you.

This addition enriches CanLII’s commentary on legal research and expands it to include law library professional literature, which brings a different perspective on the legal environment, including topics such as commentary on primary law, legal practice, and research instruction.

CALL-ACBD president Ann Marie Melvie says that the association’s executive is happy to have CLLR on CanLII.

Please join us in thanking CALL-ACBD for seeing the value that making openly CLLR available brings to the association and the wider community!

If you have legal commentary that you think would be a good fit for CanLII, please let us know here, we’d be happy to talk about it.

HeinOnline Offers Instant Access to McGill Guide Citations

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By Alan Kilpatrick

HeinOnline users can now generate instant McGill Guide citations for legal articles.  The McGill Guide, also know as the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, is one of Canada’s most common legal citation formats.

Once you locate an article on HeinOnline, click on the “cite” button on the top left side of the screen:

The popup box that appears displays citations in a variety of styles:

Members can access HeinOnline through the Members’ Section of the Law Society website.

Please note that Saskatchewan lawyers are required to conform to the Citation Guide for the Courts of Saskatchewan.  For all citation questions not covered by the Saskatchewan guide, consult the McGill Guide.  Consult this blog post to learn more about the Saskatchewan Guide.


Sources Cited

Mattiuzzo, L. (2018, April 26). NEW Citation Format: McGill Guide. Retrieved from



New TRC Resource Added to the Law Society Website

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By Sarah Rider
Continuing Professional Development, Law Society of Saskatchewan 

We’re please to be able to share a great new resource in response to the TRC Calls to Action with our members. Our colleagues at The Advocates’ Society have graciously agreed to share a guide they have produced for lawyers working with Indigenous Peoples.

Details related to the document were provided by Rose Yanco, Director of Education for The Advocates’ Society, and are included below along with links to the Law Society TRC page and the Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples:

“The Advocates’ Society, in partnership with the Indigenous Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario, have developed the Guide as a resource for litigators who are working with Indigenous peoples.  The Guide is intended to act as a resource for lawyers to learn about important historical and cultural elements that provide context for the professional relationship between an Indigenous person and their lawyer.  The Guide also provides practical tools to help lawyers represent Indigenous clients as effectively as possible, and a number of resources to encourage lawyers to continue their education.”

Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples

Law Society TRC Page

Gladue Rights Research Database Launched in Saskatchewan

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Earlier this month, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) launched a Gladue Rights Research Database.  It is being described by the U of S as the first of its kind in Canada.  Legal Aid Saskatchewan, the Community Engaged Collaboratorium, the Fine Arts Digital Research Centre, and the U of S collaborated to create this valuable resource.

The database will help ensure that the Gladue rights of Indigenous Canadians are recognized and respected during sentencing hearings by providing lawyers, judges, and Canadians with easy access to academic works, oral histories, and archival documents related to Indigenous history.  Much of the content provided by the database will aid in the creation and writing of Gladue reports.  As such, the database will significantly streamline the research process required to produce Gladue reports.

You can learn more about Gladue rights here.  The database can be accessed online here.  Small subscription fees will be used to maintain and update the database.



Gladue Rights Research Database / University of Saskatchewan
U of S Gladue Rights Research Database first of its kind in Canada / University of Saskatchewan
U of S launches first-of-its kind Gladue Rights Research Database / Saskatoon StarPhoenix