Manitoba eLaws – New Edition – Family Law

The March 2018 edition of the Family Law Update has been published.  Selected contents include:

  • Applying the Right Legal Test for Summary Judgment: MBCA
  • Appellate Correction of Interim Variation Order Warranted: MBCA
  • Unprofessional Procedural Breaches Can Attract Costs Sanctions: MBCA
  • Parental Alienation Decision Upheld: MBCA
  • Post-Pronouncement Conduct Relevant in Awarding Costs: MBQB
  • Homestead Rights, Life Estates, and Partition and Sale: MBQB

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Additional Manitoba Content on HeinOnline

HeinOnline just announced an upgrade to their Manitoba legislative content – all annual statutes from 1817 to 2016. Their collection also includes consolidated and/or revised statutes up to 1954. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include the 1970 or the 1987 RSM … yet. That’s next on my content request list.

Read the full news here in HeinOnline’s April 2018 newsletter.

Upcoming Presentation: Legal Research Tips and Techniques

Navigating the world of legal research in the 21st century can be tricky: our technology has become vastly different from the way it was even 10 years ago. As legal publishers have gone increasingly digital, we now have a plethora of databases and resources to choose from. The question isn’t “which is the right database?” but rather “how do I effectively navigate the world of legal research to get me the information I need?”

This presentation will aim to give you a better understanding of the variety of resources available to lawyers, including what they offer and what their limitations are (print and digital), and what staff at the Manitoba Law Library can offer to help supplement your research.

We are currently offering this presentation:

If you would like a personalized presentation, please contact Karen Sawatzky. These presentations count towards your mandatory Continuing Professional Development.

New book display: New & Featured Books for March 2018

A book display with six books, on three levels of a bookcase. On the top left shelf is a sign that says "New and featured books". Book titles are in the blog post.We’ve recently received quite a few new books for the Library,  and we wanted to put them on display!

They are:

If you’d like to check out any of these materials, please let us know.

Twitter bots for good?

Most of the time when I see the word “bot” I think of Russian trolls influencing the U.S. election. But not this time! USA Today investigative reporter Brad Heath has created an automatic Twitter bot that follows selected U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal, and Federal District Court cases of note and posts documents from new docket entries to Twitter.

In its documentation, the bot is described as follows:

The bot uses PACER RSS feeds to gather the latest filings from 74 U.S. District Courts and five federal courts of appeals and stores the docket entries in a database. It matches new filings against a preselected list of major cases, scrapes matching documents from PACER, uploads them to a DocumentCloud project and posts the results on Twitter.

You must have a PACER account in order to access the documents – we do! So if you want the latest filing on United States v. AT&T and Time Warner, or any other U.S. court case you’re watching, let us know if we can help. There may be a fee for retrieving documents.

And follow Big Cases on Twitter for up-to-date notification.

h/t to Internet for Lawyers.