CALL/ACBD Announces Short-list of Nominees for Legal Publishing Award

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD)  has just announced a short-list of nominees for the 2022 Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing. The award honours Hugh Lawford (1913-2009), Professor of Law at Queen’s University and the founder of Quicklaw.

The award is given to a publisher (whether for-profit or not-for profit, corporate or non-corporate) that has demonstrated excellence by publishing a work, series, website, or electronic product that makes a significant contribution to legal research and scholarship.

This year’s nominees are:

CanLII for Civil Procedure and Practice in Ontario edited by Noel Semple.

“A comprehensive and free guide sophisticated enough for specialist litigators, but also straightforward and understandable for law office staff, self-represented litigants, and the general public.”

LexisNexis for The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Canadian Law by Kevin P. McGuinness

“The definitions provided in this text are taken predominantly from both Canadian jurisprudence and statutes and also include important terms from pertinent related fields such as economics, sociology, political science, forensic medicine, science and engineering, business and accounting, and many others.”

Emond for Modern Criminal Evidence, Brian H. Greenspan and Vincenzo Rondinelli, General Editors.

“A truly practical and comprehensive guide to criminal evidence law in Canada that guides readers through evidentiary issues in all components of criminal law, providing insight from Crown, defence, and judicial perspectives.”LexisNexis for The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Canadian Law by Kevin P. McGuinness.

The Manitoba Law Library has print copies of both Modern Criminal Evidence and The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Canadian Law

Our members also have access to Modern Criminal Evidence through our subscription to Emond’s Criminal Law series which can be accessed behind the Law Society Member Portal

We would love to see a Manitoba guide to civil litigation and procedure published in collaboration with CanLII. On our wish list! 

Winners will be announced at this year’s CALL/ACBD virtual conference May 31 – June 3, 2022

Congratulations and good luck to all of the nominees! 

 

Digital Book Display – Evidence

One of the strengths of the Manitoba Law Library is our range of texts on evidence. We have titles specific to criminal law and family law, digital evidence, expert evidence, and section 24(2) of the Charter.

To help you browse, we’ve compiled some of our most recent print and online titles into this virtual book display.


How to use this display

Click on the image of a title you’re interested in to view the catalog listing (includes the abstract and subject headings).

Our library catalog allows you to create a reading list and keep track of titles. Click “select” at the bottom left of the book’s catalog record. You can add as many titles as you like to your list and email or print it for future reference.

We hope you enjoy this digital book display!


Print

The following print titles are available:


The following titles are available in print as well as online in Emond’s Criminal Law Series available through the Law Society Member Portal:

Digital Evidence, 2nd ed.
Digital Evidence:
a practitioner’s handbook

Online

The following titles are available on vLex through the Law Society Member Portal:

Expert Evidence in Criminal Law: the scientific approach
The Law of Evidence, 8th ed.

Journals

We also subscribe to journals that exclusively cover the topic of evidence. These journal titles from HeinOnline Law Journal Library are available behind the Law Society Member Portal:

  • Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review – vols. 1-18 (2004-2021)
  • International Commentary on Evidence – vols. 1-14 (1998-2016) are available in full text
  • International Journal of Evidence & Proof – vols. 1-22  (1996-2018) are available in full text

New Print Books from Emond

New print copies of Emond’s Criminal law series are now available. A reminder that all our reserve books are available for members to borow for two days, or two weeks for items from the regular collection.

Online access is also available for Digital Evidence, Search and Seizure, and Prosecuting and Defending Fraud Cases, as well as the rest of the Criminal Law Series in the Library Resources section of the member portal.

Digital Evidence — 2nd ed. – “This is the first comprehensive text on this facet of law. It is designed to clarify the nuances of the authentication and admissibility of digital evidence, privacy rights, the uses and limits of social media evidence, and the search and seizure of electronic devices. This text also explores the ways in which law enforcement can access digital data in the hands of third parties, including the various powers created by Bill C-13 (S.C. 2014, c. 31 Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act).”

Search and Seizure – “Search and Seizure provides a practical examination of the evolving body of legal rules and principles that govern how reasonable searches and seizures are conducted. In particular, it considers the increased complexity of assessing a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy in the digital age. This handbook addresses central concerns and relevant topics such as Section 487 Search Warrants, computer device searches, warrantless searches, and exclusion of evidence.”

Modern Criminal Evidence – “the first major treatise to provide a truly practical and comprehensive guide to criminal evidence law in Canada. Unlike other texts in this area, this book’s practical approach guides readers through evidentiary issues in all components of criminal law, providing indispensable insight from Crown, defence, and judicial perspectives.”

Prosecuting and Defending Fraud Cases, 2nd ed. – “prepares readers to properly litigate fraud cases, examining both prosecutorial and defence perspectives. Guiding readers step by step throughout the process of a fraud case, this practical resource weaves strategic information with case law analysis and relevant provisions of the Criminal Code. This edition features up-to-date legislation, additional content, updated charts, and a new chapter on cyber fraud in Canada.”

Decision of the Week

On January 15, 2019 the Supreme Court of Canada heard the appeal of R. v. Fedyck and rendered the following decision:


The Court — We agree with the reasons of the majority in the Court of Appeal. Accordingly the appeal is dismissed.

2019 SCC 3

The original appeal was not unanimous. R. v. Fedyck, 2018 MBCA 74 featured a significant dissent by Justice Beard. The evidence was circumstantial, and the issue on the appeal was whether the verdict was unreasonable or could not be supported by the evidence.


[24]                     The role of an appellate court, in reviewing a conviction based on circumstantial evidence, is to focus on “the question of whether the inferences drawn by the trial judge, having regard to the stan­dard of proof, were reasonably open to him” (Villaroman at para 67).

2018 MBCA 74

Criminal Law – New Titles in the Library

Two new titles have been added to our collection:

Related Titles in the Library:

Newsletter Subscriptions:

  • Watt’s Criminal Law and Evidence Newsletter
  • Alan D. Gold’s Criminal Law NetLetter
  • Impaired Driving NetLetter
  • Segal’s Motor Vehicle and Impaired Driving Newsletter
  • Police Powers Newsletter

Our Current Awareness service is offered to members of the Law Society of Manitoba. To receive the latest issues right to your inbox, contact the Manitoba Law Library by phone, email, or in person and we will be happy to add you to our distribution list.

To view our other available subscriptions or for more information, visit our Current Awareness guide. 

The library will be closed on Monday, May 20th for Victoria Day