The February 2018 edition, Update No. 86, has just been released.
In This Issue
- Indeterminate Sentences Constitutional: SCC
- Ensuring Juries are Properly Instructed: MBCA
- Photo Lineup Identification Evidence: MBCA
- Role of Exceptional Circumstances in Sentencing “Limited and Rare”: MBCA
- 45 Months’ Delay Unreasonable: MBQB
- Recent Sentencing Decisions
- Provincial Court Notice and Form
- Recommended Reading
- Criminal Justice Conference: CBA
The Manitoba Law Reform Commission is looking for feedback on two consultation reports:
- The Builders’ Liens Act: A Modernized Approach; and
- The Expropriation Act of Manitoba.
The Law Society of Manitoba has published its Mission and Values and its Strategic Plan 2017-2020 on their website.
All of Manitoba’s online systems will be unavailable from 5:00 p.m. February 16 to 8:00 a.m. February 20 in order to upgrade the site. This will include Manitoba Courts, Manitoba Laws and the Legislative Assembly.
The Great Library will be closed on Monday, February 19 for Louis Riel Day. Lawyers may access the library between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by signing in at the security desk.
The Canadian Association of Law Libraries/Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (CALL/ACBD) is offering a webinar on U.S. Executive Branch Research for the Canadian legal researcher.
This program will cover the structure of the executive branch of the government as it relates to the creation and publication of administrative law in the United States. As in previous seminars led by Professor Hazelton, US and Canadian systems will be compared.
Biography of presenter Professor Penny Hazelton:
Penny Hazelton worked as a law librarian for over 44 years at the University of Washington, the US Supreme Court Library, and the University of Maine. She has enjoyed teaching legal research to law students, lawyers, judges, prisoners, librarians, and members of the public. She is the editor of Specialized Legal Research and co-author of the Washington Legal Researcher’s Deskbook.
Prof. Hazelton presented a similar program at the annual CALL/ACBD conference in Vancouver in 2016, which I attended. She helped shed some light on some of the more arcane practices of U.S. legislation as compared to Canadian legislation. This would be a great opportunity for anyone who needs a primer on U.S. legal research.
CALL/ACBD webinars are very reasonably priced at $45 for members, and $60 for non-members. (Disclaimer: I am on the Board of Directors for CALL/ACBD.)
Update 90, January 2018 has been published. Contents include:
- Equity Enforces Promises That the Law Does Not: Cowper-Smith v. Morgan, SCC
- Courts Play a Critical Role in Safeguarding Treaty Rights: SCC
- Land Titles and Personal Property Registry Changes: Notices and Directives
- Recommended Reading
- STEP Programs
I found the Cowper-Smith decision of personal interest. When families no longer live close to aging parents, one sibling can be required to take on more caretaking duties than others, and there should be a way to guarantee recognition for this, especially, as in this case, where an oral agreement was in place.
We have a new book display set-up at the Library on the theme of Family Law.
All books are items from our reserve room, and thus are the most recent editions.
If you’re looking to take out any of these books, please let a staff member know (48 hour loan period).
The titles are:
- Manitoba CPLED Program 2016-2017: Family Law
- Settling Family Law Cases: Practical Techniques for Advocates and Neutrals by Lorne Wolfson (2017)
- Family Law Arbitration in Canada (3rd ed.) by Ann C. Wilton and Gary S. Joseph (2017)
- Child Support Guidelines Law and Practice by James C. MacDonald and Ann C. Wilton [no longer updated, current to 2016] *
- Financial Principles of Family Law by Andrew J. Freedman and Paula G. White [no longer updated, current to 2016] *
- The Annotated Divorce Act, 2018 ed., MacDonald and Wilton
* Looseleaf titles, which are available upon request.