CanLII Connects Seeking Contributors

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

CanLII posted the following item on their website on April 22. If you are routinely summarizing cases, consider adding the summaries to CanLII Connects:

Identifying the decisions that matter

Every week, Canadian courts issue hundreds of decisions. Add in specialized tribunals and arbitrations, and the number of reported judgments multiply rapidly.

Through a mix of new and historical judgments, CanLII adds nearly 2,500 decisions every week of the year. Very few will prove relevant over the long term. A study we released last year suggests that fewer than 3% of court rulings will remain influential beyond 15 years. Looking at high-volume or specialized tribunals like Landlord and Tenant Board or Human Rights Tribunals, we would expect long-run influence to be lower still.

So how do we help each other and the courts understand which rulings warrant repeated reference or ongoing consideration?

Certainly the courts themselves will make those determinations by citing the decisions they find persuasive, but the first step begins with the legal profession in identifying notable rulings as they arise.

Lawyers, academics, law students, legal publishers and bloggers routinely advise each other and their clients and colleagues of important rulings as they arise.

With the launch of CanLII Connects earlier this month, CanLII is providing a platform to those authors and publishers to share their insights with the profession and the public.

In addition to the wonderful group of contributors that helped us launch with nearly 27,000 case summaries and commentaries, many more have joined and have added their voice and their insights.

This is your invitation.

You are reading these rulings and making your own determinations as to which have the potential to be important. Share these insights!

If you are routinely summarizing cases, consider adding those summaries to CanLII Connects.

If you have previously written case summaries or commentaries for client bulletins or blog posts, give them new life by making them available to people reading the case!

We all have an interest in uncovering which of the tens of thousands of new and recent rulings added to CanLII each year add to our understanding the law.

We created CanLII Connects to deliver big insights through organizing small contributions.

Please join and help make this objective a reality.

Thank you.

Missing Your Copy of the Queen’s Bench Rules?

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By Alan Kilpatrick

missingAre you missing your copy of The Queen’s Bench Rules of Saskatchewan: Annotated, 4th edition?  This copy mysteriously appeared in our library over a month ago.  It doesn’t belong to us!  We believe someone may have returned it in mistake.  Please contact the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library at (306) 569-8020 or if this belongs to you.

Book Review – Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide
Second Edition
By Laura J. Murray and Samuel E. Trosow
Toronto: Between the Lines, 2013
286 pp

copyrightbookrevDoes copyright law baffle you?  Does anyone understand what it means when they click I agree?  Do you have to be a detective to figure out who the copyright owner is?  Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide lays out the foundations of basic copyright law and discusses practical applications of copyright in a variety of contexts.  Simply put, this book is for everyone.  “Whether you are a parent, artist, business person, blogger, teacher, student, or music fan, questions about copyright have popped into your head or landed in your lap.”  The authors address the momentous changes that rocked the world of Canadian copyright in 2012, including the Copyright Modernization Act (SC 2012, c 20) and five major Supreme Court of Canada decisions.  Written in a comprehensible style, the second edition of this book was long overdue and eagerly anticipated by many.

The book is skillfully arranged into four parts:  ideas, law, practice, and contexts.  The book begins with a brief discussion of the philosophy and history of copyright law in part one and then proceeds to copyright scope, owner’s rights, and user’s rights in part two.  Civil and criminal infringements are touched upon as well.  Part three of the book “covers more specific terrain, considering the issues that copyright presents for people” who work in specific fields like music, digital media, or education.  The book concludes with a discussion of copyright counterparts and the future of copyright law in Canada.

Both authors bring a wealth of diverse knowledge and authority to this subject.  Samuel E. Trosow, a former professor of mine, is an associate professor at the University of Western Ontario, where he teaches in the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.  Laura J. Murray is an associate professor at Queen’s University, where she teaches English and Cultural Studies.

Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide is recommended without reservation.  Please stop by the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library to check out this valuable legal resource. Call Number: KF 2995. M98 2013 R.

In the Legal Sourcery book review, new, thought-provoking, and notable library resources are reviewed.  If you would like to read any of the resources reviewed, please contact our library at or (306) 569-8020.  Let us know if there is a book you would like reviewed.      


Saskatoon Library Renovations

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

StoonRenoRenovations have begun on the Saskatoon Law Society Library, as part of the Court House renovation project. During the renovations, the library is closed and Law Society members have borrowing privileges at the University of Saskatchewan Law Library.  Members are required to bring their Law Society member card for identification purposes. Please see the Saskatoon Branch Temporary Closure Information Sheet for more information on borrowing privileges at the University of Saskatchewan Law Library.

CBA Law Day Fun Run a Success!

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

funrunThe 1st Annual Lynn Smith Memorial Fun Run on April 12th in Regina was a great success! My family and I were glad to attend and surprised by the large turnout on such a cold day. Hope to see even more of you next year. The CBA Saskatchewan Branch posted the following:

Despite the cold, over 60 participants showed up at the 1st Annual Lynn Smith Memorial Fun Run on April 12th, with $3,505 being raised for Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan and CLASSIC. That brings our#CBALawDay Fun Run grand total to $5,105!! Special thanks to all of those who came out for the Fun Run and to Lynn Smith’s family for their support of this event.

Saskatchewan Law Report in 1908 (Throwback Thursday)

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Law Society 1908 minutes showing the Law Society contracted Canada Law Book to publish Saskatchewan Law Report in 1908 for the price of $2.00 per page.SLR   


 “Moved by Mr. Haultain seconded by Mr. Ford that the proposed contract with Messrs. Canada Law Book Co. for publication of the Saskatchewan Law Reports be adopted after changing therein 500 copies to 1000 copies and altering the price per page from $1.75 to $2.00. Carried.”

Frederick William Gordon Haultain set up law practice in Fort Macleod in 1884. He was elected to the North-West Territories Legislative Assembly in 1887 and served as premier from 1897 to 1905. He sat in the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly from 1905 to 1912 and was appointed Chief Justice of Saskatchewan in 1912.

Frank Ford was a member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan from 1907 to 1926. He was later appointed to the Supreme Court of Alberta.