Research Tip: Thousands of Canadian Legal Articles Free!

[Reposted with permission from Legal Sourcery, by Ken Fox]

No, I am not talking about HeinOnline. The Law Society of Ontario’s AccessCLE site hosts, at the time of writing, 9,543 CPD articles dating from 2004 to 2019.

Here is an overview of the browsable collection.

With this many articles available at a single source, best bet might be to use search rather than browse – and my preference would be to bypass the single-line command search and go straight to the Advanced Search.

Advanced Search allows you to select searching fields (Title, Author, Full-text, etc) using drop-down menus, and to search multiple fields at once. If I am looking for articles on resulting trusts, I might use the drop-downs to select Article Title, then place my terms in separate boxes. So I am searching for articles that include both words – “resulting” and “trusts” – in the title.

The far right searching column (not appearing in the screen capture here) allows you to select the AND or the OR operator. In this case, I am searching for terms that are complementary, so I use AND. If I were searching for terms that were synonyms or antonyms (e.g. “resulting trusts” and “constructive trusts”) – then I might use OR.

My search has retrieved four hits. Don’t be dissuaded by the low “Relevance” ratings. Clearly these are four articles that feature Resulting Trusts as a principal topic. The latest article is from 2017 and the oldest one is from 2007. And, of course, the PDF buttons in the View column on the far right enable you to view the full-text article.

Not all documents in this database are actually “articles.” Some are PowerPoint presentations or checklists. But after briefly perusing the results of this search and a few others – it looks to me like AccessCLE contains a great wealth of predominantly full-text, substantial legal articles.

Detour: Accessing the Law Courts Building

From the Manitoba Courts:

The front entrance of the Law Courts will be undergoing a renovation commencing on October 15, 2019. The work is expected to last between 12-18 months.  During this renovation, anyone wanting to enter the Law Courts will be redirected through the front doors of 405 Broadway.  This entrance will see an increased flow of traffic and additional sheriffs will be assigned to the area for the duration of the construction. There will be some challenges as we adjust to these traffic flows, so your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Legislative Update – Speech from the Throne

The newly re-elected provincial government delivered the speech from the throne this morning:

The speech highlighted key government commitments including:
•    completing necessary legislative requirements in order to fully implement the measures outlined in Budget 2019;
•    continuing to work to make Manitoba more economically competitive by reducing regulatory red tape and encouraging innovation;
•    completing the implementation of the New West Partnership Trade Agreement;
•    addressing addictions and public safety issues; and
•    making strategic investments to strengthen front-line health, education and social services.

News release – Manitoba September 30, 2019

Watch for more updates as this very brief, two-week sitting continues.

Manitoba Reports are now on CanLII

[Guest author Sarah Sutherland. Cross-posted from The CanLII Blog.]

Over 9,500 decisions from the Manitoba Reports have been added to CanLII! 

CanLII is grateful to have received a grant from the Manitoba Law Foundation to add decisions from the first and second series of the Manitoba Reports to CanLII.org. 

For the last year we have been doing research into what gaps there are in legal research for jurisdictions across Canada. In Manitoba we discovered that there was a gap in access to historical caselaw for the province. Following this we applied for a grant to help fill that gap.

We have added around 4,500 decisions from the first series and 5,000 from the second series of the Manitoba Reports. You can find them on CanLII using this search query

Thank you to Karen Dyck, Erin Wilcott, and the staff at the Manitoba Law Foundation for making this grant possible, and Karen Sawatzky at the Manitoba Law Library for helping us identify local needs.

Happy researching!