Free Law Project – U.S. Law

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.)

New Edition of Communiqué

The latest edition of the Law Society of Manitoba’s Communiqué has been published. The August 2017 edition includes the following:

Bencher Highlights
Fraud Alert
Some Moments in Time
Reporting a Cyber Crime
President’s Reception Photos
2017 Important Dates
CPLED Course Dates
Back to Basics – Who is My Client?
Richard J. Scott Award

As well, there are important dates to remember, a list of all the new Calls to the Bar, and information about the upcoming Pitblado Lectures.

 

New Proclamations

The Government of Manitoba has issued the following proclamations:

The Pooled Registered Pension Plans (Manitoba) Act, (S.M. 2017, c.3)

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name August 1, 2017, as the day on which The
Pooled Registered Pension Plans (Manitoba) Act (S.M. 2017,
c. 3) comes into force.

The Community Child Care Standards Amendment Act (Staff Qualifications and Training), (S.M. 2017, c. 10)

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name September 15, 2017, as the day on which
The Community Child Care Standards Amendment Act (Staff
Qualifications and Training) (S.M. 2017, c. 10) comes into
force.

New Books in the Library – Wills and Estates Titles

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.

 

Wills and Estates

Macdonell, Sheard and Hull on Probate Practice, 5th ed.

Oosterhoff on Wills, 8th ed.

The Executor’s Handbook, 5th ed.

Although new items are placed in our reserve collection, they are still available for borrowing for a 48 hour period.