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.

Free ebooks from Oxford University Press during National Library Week

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By Alan Kilpatrick


We have been enthusiastically celebrating National Library Week at the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library over the past few days.  National Library Week (April 13-19 2014) is an annual event that has been held by the American Library Association (ALA) since the fifties.  It’s an opportunity to recognize the work of librarians, information professionals, and libraries.  Libraries are an integral part of communities that have a meaningful impact on people.  As a new librarian, I am excited to be a part of this vibrant profession.

To celebrate, Oxford University Press (OUP) is offering free access to ebooks and online resources until April 19th.  High quality, academic, and scholarly ebooks are freely available for the week. Visit Oxford University Press and log on with the user name and password, libraryweek.

Titles available for the week include:

  • Oxford Reference
  • Oxford History of Music
  • Oxford Music Online
  • Oxford Dictionaries
  • AMA Manual of Style

Feel free to leave a comment or drop by the library to celebrate National Library Week with us!

Ebooks Available

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The Law Society Library currently offers over 150 ebooks from the Irwin Law e-Library in our Members’ Section. The Irwin collection includes a wide range of subject areas. For example, below are a few titles on criminal law. Please explore the collection for titles useful to your practice.

  • Criminal Law, 5th Edition, Kent Roach
  • Criminal Procedure, 4th Ed., Steve Coughlin
  • Youth Criminal Justice Law, 3rd Ed., Nicholas Bala & Sanjeev Anand

Legal Sourcery Celebrates One Month – So, How Are We doing?

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

To celebrate the first month of our blog, we’d like to ask our readers for feedback. Please take the quick survey below and add any additional comments for what you’d like to see more of on our blog in the comments area.


Public Legal Information

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Feature Blogger: Reché McKeague

The Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA) educates and informs the general Saskatchewan public about the law and the legal system. PLEA produces publications on general areas of the law and makes them available to the public. The publications may be found on its website or in courthouses, libraries, and other community locations. PLEA’s Youth and Schools program provides law-related resources to teachers and students to complement the curriculum at all levels.

When I start research in an unfamiliar area of law, I always check to see if PLEA has a relevant publication. PLEA provides general information in plain language, geared to assist the public through a legal situation. It breaks down the legal process, step by step, and includes steps gleaned not just from legislation and the common law, but also general practice. The publications provide an excellent overview of the area of law, and help me begin to identify sources of research. PLEA’s publications may not refer to the governing legislation or case law by name, but being aware of the many steps means I know I need to keep researching until I have identified their sources. Starting my research with a PLEA publication allows me to continue my research feeling more confident that I know how the research applies “in real life.”

Public legal education organizations exist in every Canadian jurisdiction, although not all of them have comprehensive websites like PLEA. The Department of Justice provides a list of the organizations.

The next time you begin research in a new area of law, consider checking out PLEA’s publications as a starting point. Do you use PLEA as a resource? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Effective … When? (Tip of the Week)

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By Ken Fox

This is a sequel to last week’s tip. Since 1996 the Law Society Library has maintained a database of Saskatchewan Bills, which indexes amendments, status, and coming-in-force dates for all Saskatchewan statutes as they move through the Legislative process. You can search by Statute Name, Bill Name, Bill Number, Section Number, or do a keyword search of Justice Updates provided by the Saskatchewan Department of Justice. Read the rest of this entry »