Criminal lawyers take note. The founder behind Rangefindr.ca has developed a freely accessible site monitoring the status of various mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines.
The website it created, called MMS.watch, gives legal professionals a chance to check which mandatory minimum sentences have been challenged or struck down as unconstitutional.
For more information check out this article published in The Lawyer’s Daily
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.
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.
The Manitoba Court of Appeal released a decision that contained a significant analysis of what constitutes a delay in court proceedings, and whether it warrants a dismissal. R. v. Schenkels, 2017 MBCA 62 originated as an appeal of a conviction by a jury for aggravated sexual assault, but also claims delay. Hamilton, J.A. also cites the even more recent Supreme Court of Canada decision of R. v. Cody, 2017 SCC 31.
These decisions demonstrate how long it takes for a matter to go from a charge to an acquittal or conviction. Guidance from the Court of Appeal should help keep it in check.
We recently ordered a number of new books to add to our collection. All titles are linked to the publisher’s record which includes a summary of the content. You can search the Great Library Catalogue to see if the book is available.
Impaired Driving in Canada, 4th ed.
The Law of Search and Seizure in Canada, 9th ed.
Sentencing, 9th ed.
Examination of Witnesses in Criminal Cases, 7th ed.
Although new items are placed in our reserve collection, they are still available for borrowing for a 48 hour period.
Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Joyal wrote a lengthy analysis on the topic of delay in R. v. K.G.K., 2017 MBQB 96. This was in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision of R. v. Jordan, 2016 SCC 27 which laid down the rules governing when charges must be dismissed if it has taken too long to bring the matter to trial.