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.
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.)
Since I’ve been in law libraries, the legal publishing field has gotten smaller and smaller. Now there’s a new contender – vLex Canada . Shaunna Mireau posted about it on Slaw.ca.
Just in case you haven’t been watching, Maritime Law Book is now Compass and Compass introduced vLex Canada. There are some interesting and useful delighters with vLex Canada Open.
Check it out for yourself.