As information professionals, we are specialists in finding answers. But we also love to share our methods with everyone. One way to do this is by creating guides and tutorials on how to do what to us, are simple tasks, but to others, may be a challenge. The first guide we’ve created is on how to know when there are new Manitoba decisions on CanLII.
Manitoba’s courts have been distributing their decisions for free on CanLII since the turn of the century. Currently, we distribute the decisions to the legal publishers the day we receive them. CanLII usually has them available online within 24 hours.
Our guide, created by Allyssa McFadyen, demonstrates how to set up an alert in your calendar program to remind you to check CanLII for new results, or how to set up an RSS feed to be notified when new content has been published. Once these systems are set up, it is a simple matter to stay on top of new caselaw.
We plan to publish additional guides in the future, on such topics as how to search Hansard (Manitoba edition), and how to use our catalogue. If you have suggestions for research methods you would like explained, please let us know. Check our page, Legal Ease, for new content. It happens to be RSS-ready.
We’ve recently added new titles to our collection!
New to our library are titles from Emond’s Criminal Law Series. The series was awarded the 2018 Hugh Lawford Award for excellence in legal publishing.
New titles are:
If you’re looking to take out any of these books, please see a staff member. (48 hour loan period)
Further to our previous post on current awareness, we’d like to offer distribution of the following newsletters on criminal law:
- Milligan’s Criminal Law Advisor (monthly)
- Police Powers Newsletter (monthly)
- Mack’s Criminal Law Bulletin (biweekly)
- Segal’s Motor Vehicle and Impaired Driving Newsletter (biweekly)
- Watt’s Criminal Law and Evidence Newsletter (biweekly)
- Alan D. Gold’s Criminal Law Netletter (weekly)
- Impaired Driving Netletter (bimonthly)
If you’re interested in receiving any or all of these newsletters, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add you to our distribution list. Please note that you must be a member of the Law Society of Manitoba in order to receive this service.
Every Wednesday, CanLII publishes the top three English language decisions (and the top French language decision) based on viewing. Sometimes it’s the latest Supreme Court decision, other times it’s a decision reflecting a novel interpretation of the law. Or it could be what was on the curriculum at law school.
Whatever the reason, I make sure to check out the post on Slaw.ca . This is one method I use to stay abreast of new developments.
Last week’s number one decision was Mary Shuttleworth v. License Appeal Tribunal, 2018 ONSC 3790. This was an appeal of a decision denying the applicant benefits for catastrophic impairment after a motor vehicle accident.
And look – tomorrow’s Wednesday again…
The Government of Manitoba proclaimed the following:
With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name July 1, 2018, as the day on which
section 1 insofar as it enacts clause (e) of the definition
“reviewable service” of The Advocate for Children and
Youth Act (S.M. 2017, c. 8) comes into force.
In 2014, the Commission of Inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair recommended that Manitoba enact stand-alone legislation for the Children’s Advocate and provide the Advocate with a broader mandate. This Act implements those recommendations.
This Act also changes the name of Children’s Advocate to Advocate for Children and Youth.