By Kelly Laycock
Have you been on our website lately? We’ve got lots of great resources available to our members through the password-protected Members’ Section. Here is a sample of some of our most popular legal research subscriptions.
An authoritative and comprehensive source for legislation, cases, commentary, forms, precedents and current events. Check out the following useful CCH guides:
- CCH Canadian Commercial Law Guide
- CCH Canadian Family Law Guide
- CCH Employment and Labour Law
- CCH Estate Administration
- CCH Estate Planning
- CCH Manitoba and Saskatchewan Tax Reports
- CCH Ultimate Corporate Counsel Guide
- CCH Electronic Discovery in Canada (eBook)
Canada Law Book’s Criminal Spectrum database includes several criminal law textbooks, the Canadian Criminal Cases, a comprehensive collection of full-text unreported decisions, Weekly Criminal Bulletin case summaries, topical indexes, a case citator and search templates.
Another great database from Canada Law Book, DART has digests of judgments from the Western provinces dating back to 1980, plus a number of subject indices.
The Law Society Library’s agreement with LexisNexis Canada Inc. gives access to all law firms of 10 members or less, some conditions apply.
Published by Canada Law Book, the online version of the popular O’Brien’s Encyclopedia of Forms is a comprehensive source of Canadian legal forms and precedents. It includes thousands of regularly updated legal documents that can be customized to individual needs. The Law Society currently subscribes to the following online volumes:
- Division I, Commercial and General
- Division II, Corporations
- Division IV, Leases
- Division V, Wills and Trusts
- Division VI, Ontario-Family Law
- Division VII, Labour Relations and Employment
- Division VIII, Ontario-Court Forms
- Division IX, Municipal Corporations
- Division X, Computers and Information Technology
New to the Law Society Library, rangefinder is a tool to help lawyers and judges find criminal sentencing ranges in seconds instead of hours. Click a few tags that describe the kinds of cases you’re looking for and rangefindr tells you what kind of sentences were imposed in those cases. One more click and you can review the judgments themselves. Try it out!
Ask one of our reference librarians:
Call 306-569-8020 in Regina
By Melanie Hodges Neufeld
This is a time of big transition for all the new articling students and lawyers. The Law Society Library welcomes you and has compiled a list of links to make the transition from carefree student to respected professional smoother. We’d also like to offer our assistance. Please visit our website for research resources and tips, as well as the Law Society Members’ Section for numerous online resources. Our friendly staff is also available to answer your questions – call (306-569-8020) or email.
- The Ten Most Important Tips for Articling Students and New Lawyers
- What You Didn’t Learn in Law School: Top Tips for New Lawyers
- 50 Essential Business Tips for Every Lawyer
- 25 Tips for the New Lawyer
- Ten things I wish I’d known before becoming a law student
- Student to Lawyer: 20 Tips for a Smooth Transition
By Alan Kilpatrick
“A copyright will protect you from pirates. And make you a fortune.”
Copyright is presently a hot topic in Canada. Discussions about copyright often lead to contention and controversy. A basic understanding of copyright law can help ensure fair and equitable access to law, justice, and information. Last week, we explored the principle of copyright balance. This week, we are going to look at the owner’s rights granted under the Copyright Act, RSC 1985, C-42.
Copyright owners, those who hold the copyright in a work, are granted a variety of economic rights under section 3(1) of the act,
For the purposes of this Act, “copyright”, in relation to a work, means the sole right to produce or reproduce the work or any substantial part thereof in any material form whatever…and to authorize any such acts.
Copyright owners have the sole right to reproduce a copyrighted work or a substantial portion of that work. Section 27(1) describes copyright infringement,
It is an infringement of copyright for any person to do, without the consent of the owner of the copyright, anything that by this Act only the owner of the copyright has the right to do.
Reproducing a substantial portion of a work without the owner’s consent is copyright infringement. Consequently, the act highlights a variety of punishments for commercial and non-commercial infringement. If you would like to copy a substantial portion of a copyrighted work, you will need to contact the owner and ask for permission.
It is important to highlight that the act only grants owners the sole right to reproduce a substantial portion of a copyrighted work. It is not an infringement to reproduce an insubstantial portion of a work. Copyright users are not required to seek the owner’s consent when copying an insubstantial portion. Please use reasonable judgment to determine whether the amount you would like to copy is a substantial or insubstantial.
Copyright users are also granted rights under the act. Next week, we will explore an important user right called fair dealing.
The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library has excellent copyright law resources from leading copyright lawyers and scholars:
- The 2014 annotated Copyright Act / Tamaro, Normand
- Canadian copyright : a citizen’s guide / Murray, Laura Jane; Trosow, Samuel
- The copyright pentalogy : how the Supreme Court of Canada shook the foundations of Canadian copyright law/ Geist, Michael
- From “radical extremism” to “balanced copyright” : Canadian copyright and the digital agenda/ Geist, Michael
- Hughes on copyright and industrial design / Hughes, Roger T
- Intellectual property law : copyright, patents, trade-marks / Vaver, David
If you are interested in any of these items, please feel free to contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org or (306) 569-8020.
CanLII. (2002). Théberge v. Galerie d’Art du Petit Champlain inc. Retrieved from http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/scc/doc/2002/2002scc34/2002scc34.pdf
CanLII. (2004). Law Society of Upper Canada v. CCH Canadian Limited. Retrieved from http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/scc/doc/2004/2004scc13/2004scc13.pdf
Geist, M. (2010). From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda. Toronto: Irwin Law.
Justice Canada. (2014). Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42). Retrieved from http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-42/index.html
Murray, L.J. & Trosow, S.E. (2013). Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide. 2nd ed. Toronto: Between the Lines.
Trosow, S. (2010). Bill C32 and the Access Copyright Tariff: Double Trouble for Higher Education. Retrieved from http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1003&context=fimspres
Trosow, S. (2009). The Copyright Debate: Finding the Right Balance for Teaching, Research, and Cultural Expression. Retrieved from http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/wlevents/1/
Kilpatrick, A. (2012). Access Copyright: What does it mean for Western? A Librarian’s Guide. Retrieved from http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/fimspres/14/
Kilpatrick, A. & Harrington, M. (2013). Copyright and Canadian Academic Libraries. Retrieved from http://works.bepress.com/marni_harrington/12/
By Melanie Hodges Neufeld
We are excited to share that today our blog will pass 10,000 views since it launched March 12. Our readership has steadily increased each week and we hope it continues to do so. At this point, we have posted over 100 items and are attempting to post at least daily. Thank you for making Legal Sourcery part of your day.
By Sarah Roussel-Lewis
Some interesting reads to help you ease into your week:
- Be careful what you write that online review could get you sued (Global News)
- Lawyers: a simpler way to become an authority in your practice area (Social Media for Law Firms)
- Names of 420,000 Canadian are in police database, despite no criminal records (The Record)
- No breathalyzer at Northern Secondary prom after students challenge test in court (680 News)
- The Office (Slaw)
- Return of the smoking room? Employers grapple with medicinal marijuana use (The Ottawa Citizen)
- Should deceased mother’s new partner win custody over kids’ biological father? (Family LLB)
By Kelly Laycock
Have you been on our website lately? We’ve got lots of great resources available to the public and to our members through the password-protected Members’ Section. Since the new Queen’s Bench Rules were released on July 1, 2013, we’ve been busy updating our most popular online and print resources for you.
We released an updated Limitations Manual in February, and we are currently updating both the Queen’s Bench Practice Manual and the Saskatchewan Practice Checklists. Keep watching for new content!
Our semi-monthly online newsletter of recently digested Saskatchewan cases, currently in its 16th volume.
The Limitations Manual
This recently updated online-only manual contains an alphabetical list of all Saskatchewan statutes with limitation periods and relevant case law annotations. Check out the new content!
Queen’s Bench Practice Manual
Companion to The Queen’s Bench Rules of Saskatchewan: Annotated, Fourth Edition, this manual synthesizes the collective knowledge of seasoned practitioners from across the province, linking commentary with precedents, case law, legislation and other online resources. Updated version to be released soon!
Saskatchewan Practice Checklists
These checklists provide useful step-by-step guidance to practitioners in the areas of client identification, corporate and commercial law, criminal law, family law, litigation, real estate and wills. Updated version to be released soon!
The Queen’s Bench Rules of Saskatchewan: Annotated, Fourth Edition
2014 Release 1 – Available June 16!
Did you miss out on our release of the Queen’s Bench Rules of Saskatchewan: Annotated, Fourth Edition, when it came out in October 2013? Well, we are putting the finishing touches on our first 2014 release, and it’s a douzy! More than 350 pages of new and updated content, including recent case law annotations and legislation.
Subscribers will be notified. Not a subscriber yet? Give us a call at 306-569-8020 to order yours!
The Builders’ Lien Act: Practitioners’ Manual
Did we mention that we are currently working on an update to the ever popular Builders’ Lien Manual? This 20th Anniversary release will help you navigate The Builders’ Lien Act and any changes in legislation. Keep watching for our upcoming Fall release!
By Sarah Roussel-Lewis
The Young Advocate Series
The Art of the Interview: How Lawyers Talk with Clients
Discovery Techniques: A Practical Guide to the Discovery Process
Legal Writing: Mastering Clarity and Precision
By John Hollander
Toronto: Irwin Law, 2013
The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library has recently acquired part of the Young Advocate Series, which are handy guides to the following topics: Legal writing, discovery and interviewing. Lawyers interested in learning the basics of these topics should consider dropping by the library to pick one of them up.
They do contain a great many tips and techniques that permit the thoughtful junior lawyer to develop and advance skills essential to the profession. 1
These great resources by John Hollander were created to help new lawyers discover useful tricks-of-the-trade. Many chapters include examples, exercises and thoughtful questions. For example:
Select a standard interview session that you encounter frequently (perhaps a new client interview for one of your areas of practice). Prepare a list of topics you normally cover. Assume that the client is familiar with the jargon you would use and has experience dealing with people in your area of practice.
Now, review that list and adapt it to suit a new client who has no familiarity at all with the services you offer. Design several questions that probe behind the answers that you would ordinarily accept at face value from a client who is more familiar with the matters at hand. 2
Not only is the commentary interesting and relevant, but visually the books are quite appealing. The liberal use of bright colours and attractive graphics make these items stand out. Another attractive quality of this series is the use of easy-to-read language, making the topics much easier to digest. All three are under 200 pages and are small in stature, making them easily portable for lawyers who are always on the go.
One thing that could deter from the series is the faux dust jacket they have attached. The items are coil bound but they have added a page at the back that works as a dust jacket. It makes for a slightly awkward packaging which could get damaged very easily.
The content, being so general and simple, could also detract from the series. These items would be a good basis for young lawyers looking to get a quick look into a subject they aren’t experienced in. For a senior lawyer, these might be less helpful, as the topics are quite basic and do not delve deep enough.
These textbooks are available through the Irwin Law e-library in the Members’ Section and in print at our library. Please stop by the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library to check out these valuable legal resources. Call numbers: KF 311 .H73 2013, KF 8900 .H73 2013 and KF 240 .H734 2013.
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 email@example.com or (306) 569-8020. Let us know if there is a book you would like reviewed.
1. Hollander, John. Legal Writing: Mastering Clarity and Precision (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2013) at vii
2. Hollander, John. The Art of the Interview: How Lawyers Talk with Clients (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2013) at 70