New Edition – Manitoba Law Journal

Just published – Volume 39, Issues 1 and 2 of the Manitoba Law Journal. The theme of this volume is “The Great Transition in Legal Education”. It’s filled with interviews with notable Manitoba legal luminaries, such as former Court of Appeal Justice Charles Huband, former dean of the Manitoba Law School Jack London, Justice Freda Steel and retired University of Manitoba law school librarian John Eaton.

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Coming soon to Manitoba Law Society – Rangefindr.ca

Effective September 1, 2017, members of the Law Society of Manitoba will have free access to Rangefindr.ca, a sentencing digest database. The principals behind Rangefindr.ca have leveraged the content in CanLII to create an easy to use product.

Rangefindr.ca

 

Click a few tags that describe the kinds of cases you’re looking for — such as assault cases where the accused is a first offender — and rangefindr.ca tells you what sentences were imposed in those cases.

To access Rangefindr.ca, log in to the Members’ Portal on the Law Society’s site, select “Library Resources” from the left hand navigation pane, and click on the Rangefindr.ca logo.

The Manitoba Bar Association is setting up a webinar to learn how to get the most out of Rangefindr. Stay tuned for details.

If you can’t wait, my colleague Ken Fox at the Law Society of Saskatchewan wrote this tutorial.

 

Custody of the Family Pet

When a couple splits up, who gets the dog? A small claims adjudicator in Nova Scotia is advocating for a specialized court to determine custody and care for animals.

In Kemp v. Osmond, 2017 NSSM 25, Slone calls for a new court to tackle pet ownership and custody issues. “In a more perfect world there would be special laws recognizing pets as living, feeling creatures with rights to be looked after by those who best meet their needs or interests, and there would be specialized accessible courts to determine the ‘best interest of the dog,’ as there are for children in the family courts,” he said.

Quebec passed a bill recognizing animals as sentient beings and not property, and British Columbia is moving to include the best interests of animals as a factor in judicial proceedings.

Kemp v. Osmond

Lawyer’s Daily Article: Adjudicator Calls for Specialized Court

 

New Proclamations, Signed 9 Aug 2017

The Government of Manitoba has issued the following proclamations:

The Court Security Amendment Act, S.M. 2017, c. 16

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name September 1, 2017, as the day on which
The Court Security Amendment Act (S.M. 2017, c. 16) comes
into force.

The Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology Amendment Act (sections 1, 2 and 5), S.M. 2017, c. 9

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name September 1, 2017, as the day on which
sections 1, 2 and 5 of The Manitoba Institute of Trades and
Technology Amendment Act (S.M. 2017, c. 9) come into
force.

The Provincial Court Amendment Act, S.M. 2017, c. 4

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name September 1, 2017, as the day on which
The Provincial Court Amendment Act (S.M. 2017, c. 4)
comes into force.

The Provincial Offences Act and Municipal By-law Enforcement Act (Schedule A), S.M. 2013, c. 47

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name November 20, 2017, as the day on which
The Provincial Offences Act (S.M. 2013, c. 47, Sch. A),
comes into force.

 

 

 

Free Law Project – U.S. Law

With the high cost of subscription caselaw databases, we’re always looking for authoritative free sources. The Free Law Project is a California non-profit public benefit corporation whose mission is to “provide free, public, and permanent access to primary legal materials on the Internet”.  Working with PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) they have collected every free order and opinion available on PACER and published them on an easy-to-use site called CourtListener.

PACER is similar to our Court Registry. It hosts case file documents and docket information for all district, bankruptcy and appellate courts. While it’s not free, it is very reasonably priced. If you’re looking for document information for a U.S. decision, we have an account with PACER and can help you find it.

CourtListener and Google Scholar should be of benefit to those firms who can’t justify subscribing to a U.S. database.

(Hat tip to The Washington Post’s The Volokh Conspiracy column.)