Red Dress Day

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Sunday, May 5 is The National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ Peoples, more commonly known as Red Dress Day, inspired by the 2010 REDress Project created by Métis artist Jaime Black.

In the 2019 report, Reclaiming Power and Place, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls recommends Calls For Justice. Under Calls for Attorneys and Law Societies (pg. 194, 10.1(iii)), the report makes the request that:

All courts must have a staff position for an Indigenous courtroom liaison worker that is adequately funded and resourced to ensure Indigenous people in the court system know their rights and are connected to appropriate services.

Although we are not court staff, Manitoba Law Library would like to honour the Calls for Justice by providing legal information and direction to legal resources to those who need them.

Community Legal Education Association has a phone line and dedicated email address to provide prompt legal information and referrals to resources.

Family Law For Children

A booklet designed by CLEA to help children cope with the family court process. Topics include: Separation of parents; Living arrangements; Family violence; Blended Families.

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Understand the requirements for obtaining a divorce as well as the difference between divorce and annulment.

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Parenting Arrangements

Introduces the concepts of parenting time and decision-making responsibility in family law. Topics include how parenting arrangements are decided; what happens if a parent or guardian wants to move with a child; how the child’s wishes are considered; and contact by non-parents.

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Right to Counsel by Jennifer Dunik

“Once young persons become involved in the justice system there is an obligation to make sure that their rights are fully protected. The right to retain and instruct counsel is one of the most important rights.”

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Indigenous People and the Criminal Justice System / Jonathan Rudin
[A print copy is available in the Manitoba Law Library.]

“Indigenous people are the most over-represented population in Canada’s criminal justice system. Their experiences within the system are interwoven with issues of colonialism and discrimination. Indigenous People and the Criminal Justice System, 2nd Edition, examines these issues and their impact to provide lawyers and judges with a deeper understanding of this area of the law.”

Legal Aid Manitoba (LAM) works to ensure that eligible Manitobans have access to justice, including those who are disadvantaged and facing a well-resourced individual or entity in court”

If you have a concern about your lawyer’s conduct you may want to file a complaint. Lawyers who do not practise competently or in compliance with the Law Society’s high standards of ethical conduct may be subject to an investigation and/or discipline.”

New eLex Issue

The newest issue of the Library’s monthly legal newsletter, eLex, is now out!

Click here to access it now.

In our latest update, we showcase an Access to Justice initiative happening in the library. Additionally, we provide you with the latest news and articles related to this important topic.

Other highlights include remarks from the new Chief Justice, the Auditor General’s report on the Provincial Court, and decisions from FCA and MBKB responding sensitively to self-represented parties.

For previous issues visit our eLex page.

Access to Justice Week 2022

The National Access to Justice Week is taking place from October 24 to 28.

The Law Society of Manitoba has partnered with the Manitoba Bar Association and the University of Manitoba for the third annual National Access to Justice Week and will offer four free virtual events open to the public. See here for more info or view all the events on our Calendar.

The University of Manitoba Faculty of Law along with the Law Society has also created an Access to Justice blog.
“The site will highlight developments related to access to justice from across Canada, with an emphasis on those relevant to Manitoba.  Assistant Professor Gerard Kennedy has initiated the blog in collaboration with Natasha Brown, Access to Justice Coordinator at the Law Society of Manitoba. This joint initiative of Kennedy and Brown will host posts on at least a weekly basis authored by themselves and law students, along with occasional posts from other law professors and access to justice stakeholder organizations within Manitoba.”
Click here to view the most recent posts.

For even more events, The Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters has national online events posted on their events page.

If you wish to learn more about Access to Justice, the Manitoba Bar Association has a useful list of Agencies that help provide services and information on equal access to justice.

Law Library Hub Returning

This October we are excited to see the return of our pilot program, The Law Library Hub.

First offered in February 2020, the Hub was a drop-in program to provide legal information and assistance to members of the public who were struggling with dealing with the courts. Since then, the program changed as pandemic restrictions affected in-person meetings. Currently the Hub will be operating on an alternating schedule of in-person and virtual appointments.

Under the supervision of a practising lawyer, law students will be available to provide assistance in the Great Library at the Winnipeg Courthouse on Wednesday mornings between 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Appointments can be booked using the form available here.

See our Hub page for more information, as well as resources for self-representing litigants.

Amendments to Probate Rules Coming Into Effect

On October 1, 2022, amendments to King’s Bench Rules 74 and 75, regarding Probate, come into effect. The primary objective of the new rules is to eliminate jargon and use plain language to make the rules easier to understand.

Along with new rules, come new forms. There will be a little leeway to allow the profession to get used to the new forms, but members could face the risk of having their documents rejected for lack of compliance.

Make sure you and your team are using the correct forms.

M.R. 68/2002

M.R. 69/2002

M.R. 70/2002

All Court Forms

Supreme Court Adds Plain Language Summaries

New to me (but not that new) – Cases in Brief:

Cases in Brief are short summaries of the Court’s written decisions drafted in reader-friendly language, so that anyone interested can learn about the decisions that affect their lives. They are prepared by communications staff of the Supreme Court of Canada. They do not form part of the Court’s reasons for judgment and are not for use in legal proceedings.

Supreme Court of Canada website

These summaries cover decisions from 2018 on. This looks like a handy resource to refer to clients or self represented litigants who need to understand a decision but are struggling to read the legalese. Or lawyers who want to be up on the law and it’s not in their area of practice.