Law in the Library

Law in the Library is a free program offered by the Winnipeg Public Library in conjunction with the Community Legal Education Association. This program offers free sessions on various areas of law, presented by professionals.

Registration through the Winnipeg Public Library is required.

The upcoming sessions are:

Small Business and the Law

Thursday, September 13: 6:30- 8 pm.  Register

ABCs of First-Time Home Buying

Tuesday, October 2: 6:30-8 pm.  Register

Wills

Monday, October 15: 6:30 – 8pm.  Register

Criminal Law: What are Your Rights?

Tuesday, October 30: 12 – 1 pm.  Register

Healthcare Directives and Powers of Attorney

Thursday, November 1: 6:30-8 pm. Register

How to Start a Business

Monday, November 5: 5:30-7:30 pm. Register

 

Manitoba eLaw – New Edition – Criminal Law

The August 2018 edition, Update No. 87, has just been released.

In This Issue

  • Solicitor Client Privilege Not a Sword to Pierce Informer Privilege: SCC
  • Sentencing a Highly Individualized Process: SCC
  • CSC Must Ensure Appropriateness of Indigenous Offender
  • Policies and Programming: SCC
  • On-Duty Theft Conviction and Sentence Divides Appeal Court: MBCA
  • Allegations of Judicial Bias Should Not be Made Lightly: MBCA
  • Absence of Aggravating Factors Not Mitigating: MBCA
  • Trafficking Conviction Stands Despite Unlawful Search: MBCA
  • Sextortion a Form of Sexual Violence: MBCA
  • Other Court of Appeal Decisions
  • Queen’s Bench Decisions
  • Legislative Update
  • Court Notices
  • Recommended Reading
  • Fall CPD

Distracted Driving and Disabling Technology

A recent decision from the British Columbia Provincial Court acquitted a driver of using a cellphone while driving. Vancouver Island police were conducting a cellphone and seatbelt safety campaign when they charged a driver with using a cellphone while driving. The driver had been informed by his employer that his cellphone had been equipped with software that disabled it from functioning when it was in a vehicle in motion. At the time he was charged, he had moved it from the passenger seat beside him to the dashboard.

The judge considered the term “use” in both the Motor Vehicles Act and the Use of Electronic Devices While Driving Regulation. Every jurisdiction has its own distracted driving law, so the facts of this case may not be applicable elsewhere.

R. v. Tannhauser, 2018 BCPC 183

h/t What’s hot on CanLII this week.

 

New Book Display: New & Featured Books

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)

Criminal Law Newsletters

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 library@lawsociety.mb.ca 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.