New Books in the Library

New additions to our print collection:

Civil Law:

Tort Law, 6th ed. by Lewis N. Klar

The Law of Declaratory Judgments, 4th ed. by Lazar Sarna

Criminal Law:

Watt’s Manual of Criminal Jury Instructions, 2nd ed. by The Honourable Mr. Justice David Watt

Administrative Law:

Practice and Procedure Before Administrative Tribunals by Robert W. Macaulay and James L.H. Sprague (6 vol. looseleaf)

New items are kept in our reserve collection, which is only available during business hours. Depending on demand, these can be borrowed for use off site for a limited amount of time.

Legislative Update – New Proclamation

The Manitoba Government has issued the following proclamation:

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of Manitoba, we amend the proclamation issued on November 9, 2016, in respect of the coming into force of The New Home Warranty Act (S.M. 2013, c. 23) by striking out “January 1, 2018” and substituting “January 1, 2020”.

This Bill ensures that all new homes built for sale are covered by a warranty against defects in materials, labour and design and structural defects, and requires home builders and warranty providers to be registered.

 

New Practice Direction re Judge-Alone Trials

The Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench has issued the following new practice direction:

Beginning in February 2018, as a one-year pilot project, all pre-trial conferences for judge-alone trials in the case of new criminal matters will be managed by one of approximately eight judges. A first group of four of these pre-trial judges will be assigned to this project for the first six months of the year and a second group of four pre-trial judges will be assigned to this project for the second six months of the year. Each new criminal matter proceeding by judge-alone will be assigned to one of these pre-trial judges.

Please read the practice direction in full.

ONCA on Mortgage Enforcement

When homeowners fall behind on their mortgage payments, lenders have the option of foreclosure. Judges have leeway to reach a decision that is equitable to the lender as well as sympathetic to the mortgagor. In Winters v. Hunking, the Court of Appeal overturned a default judgment ordering foreclosure.

The recent decision of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Winters v Hunking, 2017 ONCA 909 provides an example of the court acknowledging that the mortgagor may have been within its strict legal rights to seek foreclosure on the appellant’s home, but finding that “special circumstances” made such a foreclosure unjust in the circumstances.[FN]

Winters v. Hunking, 2017 ONCA 909

[FN] Commentary by Scott McGrath, Weir Foulds LLP available on Lexology:

Lenders Should Think Twice Before Foreclosing on Sympathetic Mortgagors

 

 

 

O Juris-mas tree, O Juris-mas tree …

This year, the staff at the Manitoba Law Library have been busy!

In addition to our regular duties, this past week we put up a Christmas tree. Well actually … a Juris-mas tree! Using old editions of the Corpus Juris Secundum, we set up a neat, festive feature that has been capturing the attention of everyone here.

We hope you’ll be able to join us for a holiday celebration on Wednesday, December 20th between 2 and 4. You’ll be able to check out the tree for yourself while enjoying some festive cheer.