Sunday, July 25, 2010

Library Boy On Vacation For Three Weeks

I am taking off for three weeks with Mrs. Library Boy on our summer vacation.

We are going to Iceland.

We hope to see a few fjords, explore a few glaciers, avoid a few volcanoes (actually, we plan on avoiding ALL the volcanoes, not just a few), watch a few geysers, visit a few bars and galleries (and perhaps spot Bjork - you never know, my cousin's husband bumped into her last year near the Reykjavik harbour), have a taste of raw shark, a puffin sausage or sheep's head (just a few of the local "delicacies" I am told), and check out a few of the original manuscripts of the medieval Icelandic/Viking sagas that are preserved for public showing at the Culture House in Reykjavik.

Bless bless. Sjáumst síðar! Byebye. See you later!
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Weekly Checklist of Canadian Government Publications Gets New Look

The Weekly Checklist of Canadian Government Publications has a new look, as does the federal government publications website.

The Weekly Checklist includes a listing of book and serial titles which have been released during the previous week by the Parliament of Canada, federal departments, and Statistics Canada.

As part of the Web Integration Project, the websites of the the Depository Services Program (DSP) and the federal government Publications service have been merged. The DSP, set up in 1927, ensures that government documents are supplied to a network of more than 700 libraries in Canada and around the world that hold collections of Canadian government publications:

"The layout and new look of the home page [of the new merged publications website] has now been designed to make the page more vibrant and visually appealing. The left hand side of the page is sorted by categories, making it much easier to find the exact information you are looking for at a glance. The right hand side of the page provides access to various express links for quick information on selected topics under 'I want to…' The 'Features' category will change periodically to highlight the publications that are being promoted."

"Our new site also provides improved search functionality with faster and more accurate results. We are now providing “breadcrumb” navigation, a technique which has become increasingly useful to aid users in their navigation of Web sites"

The current website of the DSP will be terminated later this year.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Law Commission (England) and Scottish Law Commission Consultation Paper on Level Crossings

The Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission are conducting a joint review of the law relating to level crossings and have issued a consultation paper.

From the press release:
"Level crossings present the largest single risk of catastrophic train accident in Great Britain (...)"

"Regulators, owners and operators of Britain’s 8,000 level crossings who want to modernise crossings and enhance safety struggle to do so within a framework of laws that are outdated, complex and hard to understand. The Commissions have examined the legislative framework covering level crossings from the widest angle, reviewing the laws that govern health and safety, highways and roads, land, planning, crime and disability discrimination, as well as railway law. They are keen to hear comments on topics such as rights of way, access to land, signage and disability issues, as well as ideas on how to encourage greater collaboration among those with an interest in level crossings."

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Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia Paper on Rule Against Perpetuities

The Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia has published a discussion paper on The Rule Against Perpetuities:
"The rule against perpetuities is a legal rule which limits the duration of certain restrictions on the transfer of property. By various means of estate planning - particularly trusts - and other forms of property disposition, a settlor or testator or grantor may postpone the time when property may be possessed and used freely by a beneficiary or grantee. The Rule insists that such inheritances - and indeed, many other sorts of postponed, restricted or contingent transfers of property - can only be postponed for so long. At some definite point the property must be fully transferred to its beneficial owner, free of restrictions. A transfer of property subject to a delay, restriction or contingency that might result in the full transfer occurring later than the allowable perpetuities period is void from the beginning. The postponed, restricted or contingent transfer simply fails at the outset, and the property will be received by someone other than the intended recipient, as though the offending transfer had not been made at all."

"The common law rule against perpetuities is to the effect that no legal interest in property is valid unless it is certain, at the time when the disposition (e.g., a trust) takes effect, that the interest must vest within a life or lives in being plus twenty-one years. In other words, property may not be tied up in trust, subject to restricted use, or otherwise held subject to any contingency, for longer than twenty-one years after the death of a person who is alive at the time of the disposition and identifiable by the terms of the instrument of disposition. If there is no such identifiable life or lives in being, the period is twenty-one years from the disposition."

"The common complaint is that the rule is simply too complex and abstract in its application, resulting in a substantial risk that beneficiaries or grantees will be deprived of their interests through inadvertent errors in drafting. In the estate planning context, a great number of vesting conditions may offend the Rule, most often unintentionally, and often only hypothetically in any event. The consequence of a breach is very real, however; the intended gift or disposition will generally be entirely invalid. The property interest meant to be held in trust will instead fall into the residue of an estate, or be subject to intestacy. In the non-trust context the interest meant to be held on condition will simply be void. The property will be
distributed differently than the testator or grantor intended, and in many cases the intended beneficiary or grantee will be deprived of property he or she was meant to receive."
The paper looks at the reforms adopted in England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia as well as in other Canadian jurisdictions.

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European Union Launches e-Justice Portal

The European Union recently launched the European e-Justice Portal that brings together law-related information broken down into categories for the general public, lawyers, businesses and the judiciary.

Of particular interest to law librarians will be sections on legislation (EU, member state and international law), case law (same breakdown), and judicial systems.

[Source: Canadian Lawyer magazine Twitter feed]

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Going Green in North American Libraries

A colleague of mine at the Canadian Association of Law Libraries is working on this topic so the following report attracted my attention: Going Green in North American Public Libraries.

It is written by 2 Edmonton librarians and will be presented next month at the Worled Library and Information Congress in Sweden.

[Source: Peter Scott's Library Blog]

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British Columbia Consults on Family Law Modernization

The government of British Columbia this week launched the final consultation stage in its attempt to modernize the province's family relations legislation:
"The Ministry of Attorney General began a review of the Family Relations Act in 2006. Its goals were to modernize the law, support co-operative approaches to resolving family law disputes and create a statute that is easy to understand. The review began with research into family law reform underway in other jurisdictions, as well as recommendations for reform made by family law experts. In 2007, 14 papers on family law topics were published to this site for public consultation. A sample of representative responses to the consultation documents were collected and made available to the public in 2009."
For the consultation process, the government has published a white paper.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Statistics Canada Reports Crime Continues To Decline

Statistics Canada today released a report on Police-reported crime statistics for 2009.

According to the report:
"Police-reported crime in Canada continues to decline. Both the volume and severity of police-reported crime fell in 2009, continuing the downward trend seen over the past decade (...)"

"The crime rate, a measure of the volume of crime reported to police, fell 3% in 2009 and was 17% lower than a decade ago."

"The Crime Severity Index (CSI), a measure of the seriousness of police-reported crime, declined 4% in 2009 and stood 22% lower than in 1999."

"Violent crimes, which range in seriousness from harassing phone calls to homicide, accounted for about 1 in 5 crimes in 2009. Police-reported violent crime in Canada is also declining, but to a lesser extent than overall crime (...)"

"Rates for many violent crimes fell in 2009, including serious assault, sexual assault and robbery."

"However, some violent crimes did increase. There were 806 attempted murders in 2009, 85 more than in 2008. Increases were also reported in the rate of extortion, firearms offences and criminal harassment."

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection for the period of July 1st to July 15, 2010 is now available on the Court website.

The web page explains: "The Supreme Court of Canada Library does not lend materials from this list, which is provided for information only."

But, once the material goes into the general collection, after about a month, the works do become available for inter-library loan to authorized libraries.

It is possible to subscribe via e-mail to receive the list.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

University of Toronto Tax Wiki

Hooboy. Where were you back in the spring at tax time when I needed you?

Some people at the University of Toronto have created a Tax Wiki:
"taxwiki.ca aspires to provide Canadians with a free resource to find accurate answers to income tax questions of all kinds. The wiki's materials are based on original Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) documents, which are then updated by knowledgeable users (tax students, tax accountants, tax lawyers, tax academics) to reflect the current administration of Canadian tax law. Editors consult with authoritative resources, including the Income Tax Act and its regulations, rulings and other disclosures of the CRA, as well as decisions of the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada."
One of the main contributors, Professor Ben Alarie, provides background information about the project on the University of Toronto Law School Faculty Blog.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Library of Parliament Legislative Summary of New Anti-Spam Bill

The Library of Parliament has released a legislative summary of Bill C-28: The Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act:
"This bill may be cited as the Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act (FISA) (...)"

"FISA can be seen as a complement to the e-commerce legislation that has gradually been developing in each of the Canadian provinces and territories over the past 10 years. E-commerce legislation has been enacted by every Canadian provincial and territorial jurisdiction except for the Northwest Territories, largely based on the model Uniform Electronic Commerce Act originally created by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada in 1998. These provincial and territorial Acts have thus far served as the underpinning for a burgeoning e-commerce sector across the country. FISA will expand the federal government's participation in this area considerably. Up to now, the main federal legislation related to e-commerce has been the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which governs basic privacy requirements for private sector organizations and electronic documents within federal jurisdiction and in provinces or territories that have not yet established their own similar legislation. FISA specifies that in the event of any conflict between FISA and PIPEDA, it is now FISA that will prevail. On 25 May 2010, along with FISA, the government introduced a companion bill, C-29, to update PIPEDA as well."

"Canada is the last of the G8 countries to introduce specific anti-spam legislation. There are some existing Criminal Code provisions that were identified by the task force as being of possible assistance in prosecuting spam cases, and the task force worked with the Department of Justice and the Technological Crime Branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during 2004-2005 to identify the evidentiary requirements to bring a charge under the existing provisions, although when the task force report was published, these provisions had not been used for this purpose. Other agencies, such as the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Competition Bureau, have received complaints from members of the public about spam as well, but there has been no overarching framework for addressing such complaints."

"FISA will provide a clear regulatory scheme, including administrative monetary penalties, with respect to both spam and related threats from unsolicited electronic contact, including identity theft, phishing, spyware, viruses, and botnets. It will also grant an additional right of civil action to businesses and consumers targeted by the perpetrators of such activities."
It is possible to follow the progress of the bill in Parliament on the LEGISinfo website.

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Investment Treaty Arbitration Website from University of Victoria

Yesterday on slaw.ca, Ted Tjaden drew attention to the Investment Treaty Arbitration website at the University of Victoria:

"Investment treaty arbitration (ita) serves as a resource for lawyers, academics, government officials, researchers and members of public who are interested in international investment law."

"ita provides:
  • access to all publicly available investment treaty awards;
  • information and resources relating to investment treaties and investment treaty arbitration; and
  • links to further resources."
[Source: Slaw.ca]

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Canadian Library Association Submission to Canadian Digital Economy Consultation

National consultations to help the Canadian government formulate a digital economy strategy wrapped up this week. It is possible to see the many submissions made on the consultation website.

The Canadian Library Association was one of the organizations that sent in a submission. It looks at access issues, digital preservation, digital locks in the context of copyright reform, the availability of broadband services, net neutrality, and open access to public sector information and data and to publicly-funded research:
"We believe that Canada’s libraries can and should play an important role in the development of a stronger digital economy. At the same time, we feel that Improving Canada’s Digital Advantage [the government consultation paper] places too little emphasis on individual Canadians as consumers of digital services and on the value of content and roadmaps to assist Canadians."

"The Canadian Library Association has long maintained that Canada needs to place as much emphasis on the content of the broadband highway it is creating as it does on the highway itself. If not, Canada runs the risk that the highway we build will direct Canadians to other countries and to other economies."

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New Research Guides on International Law and Human Trafficking

The GlobaLex collection at New York University has just updated two of its legal research guides:
  • Introduction to Public International Law Research by Vicenç Feliú (David A. Clarke School of Law of the University of the District of Columbia): "Public International Law is composed of the laws, rules, and principles of general application that deal with the conduct of nation states and international organizations among themselves as well as the relationships between nation states and international organizations with persons, whether natural or juridical. Public International Law is sometimes called the 'law of nations' or just simply International Law. It should not be confused with Private International Law, which is primarily concerned with the resolution of conflict of laws in the international setting, determining the law of which country is applicable to specific situations. In researching this field of law, the researcher must also be aware of Comparative Law, the study of differences and similarities between the laws of different countries. Comparative Law is the study of the different legal systems in existence in the world, i.e.; common law, civil law, socialist law, Islamic law, Hindu law, and Chinese law. As there is no central international body that creates public international law, research in this field requires the use of a wide variety of sources."
  • The Exploitation of Women and Children: A Comparative Study of Human Trafficking Laws between the United States-Mexico and China-Vietnam by Christina T. Le (immigration lawyer in Houston, Texas): "This paper seeks to understand the push and pull effects of human trafficking and to determine what may be the appropriate government practices to combat the problem. The research will focus on two parallel country conditions: United States-Mexico and China-Vietnam. The four countries on both sides of the world are experiencing similar problems with human trafficking. Preliminarily, the push and pull causes of human trafficking between the countries appear to be quite similar with the more affluent countries, China and the United States as the receiving country. The United States and China with better economic opportunities are seeing an influx of trafficking victims into their country from their southern neighbors. However, the policies the countries choose to address their human trafficking problems are quite different. The United States has a unilateral enforcement approach to stop human trafficking whereas China has a bilateral approach in working with Vietnam to address the situation. How each respective country has chosen to deal with the problem provides a great opportunity for research and analysis."

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Canadian Bar Association Report on Legal Aid

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) released a report on legal aid last week.

The report, entitled Moving Forward on Legal Aid: Research of Needs and Innovative Approaches, looks at unmet legal needs and the marginalization that can result when people with low incomes have no solutions to their legal problems.

From the Executive Summary of the report:
"The CBA has consistently maintained that governments must accept the primary responsibility to ensure equal access to justice through the provision of legal aid services. The CBA has also promoted the legal profession’s responsibility to contribute to access to justice by assisting in the delivery of government-funded legal aid and by providing pro bono services."

"CBA members have adopted numerous resolutions on legal aid improvements, supported lobbying campaigns across Canada, and contributed to a national public relations campaign to raise public awareness about the inadequacies of the Canadian legal aid system. The CBA has been the only consistent advocate for legal aid reform at the national level, although there are important allies in the anti-poverty and social justice movements. "

"The CBA has a five-point platform on legal aid reform:
  • Legal aid should be recognized as an essential public service, like health care.
  • Public funding should be confirmed as necessary to ensure access to justice for low-income people.
  • Public funding for legal aid must be increased.
  • National standards for criminal and civil legal aid coverage and eligibility criteria are required.
  • The federal government should revitalize its commitment to legal aid."
"Dr. Buckley notes that despite all its efforts to improve legal aid funding and services, the CBA’s advocacy efforts to date have not been successful. The paper suggests several possible approaches for the CBA to refresh its commitment to improved civil and criminal legal aid services in Canada. Justice demands it."

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CBC Report: Parolee Electronic Monitoring Pilot Project Is A Failure

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has obtained an internal review that concludes that a pilot project to equip parolees with electronic monitoring anklets was a failure:

"Nearly two years ago, then public safety minister Stockwell Day announced the pilot project with great fanfare as part of the Conservative government's tough-on-crime stance."

"But an internal review of the program, obtained by CBC News, found that it was plagued by technical malfunctions with the anklet's global positioning system and showed little proof as to the effectiveness of the device (...)"

"The Correctional Service of Canada review of its own program found the technology was faulty and often failed to pinpoint a parolee's whereabouts accurately."

"For example, there was only one valid electronic anklet alert out of 19 where a parolee had actually tampered with his anklet strap. Most of the false alarms were due to equipment sensitivity and hardware or software issues. About one-third, or six cases, were caused by accidental jarring at work or during other activities."

"And all seven alerts that parolees had tampered with the device itself turned out to be false."

The CBC provides a copy of the full report.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Senate Statutory Review of the DNA Identification Act

The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs recently published its report entitled Public Protection, Privacy and the Search for Balance: A Statutory Review of the DNA Identification Act.

The Act, which came into effect in 2000, created a national DNA databank containing DNA samples from individuals convicted of certain designated offences.

The Committee recommends allowing the automatic taking of DNA samples from adults convicted of an expanded number of designated crimes. But it recommends against amending the Criminal Code to allow the collection of DNA from individuals at the time they are placed into lawful custody and charged with indictable offences.

The Law Times has more in an article entitled Bid to expand DNA sampling sparks criticism (July 12, 2010).

Related Library Boy posts include:
  • New Library of Parliament Publications (February 5, 2007): "The Library of Parliament recently produced 2 new legislative summaries pertaining to bills in front of the Canadian House of Commons: 'Bill C-18: An Act to amend certain Acts in relation to DNA identification': The bill amends the Criminal Code, the DNA Identification Act, and the National Defence Act to facilitate the implementation of Bill C-13, which was given Royal Assent on 19 May 2005 but has, save for a few sections, not been declared in force. One of the notable features of Bill C-13 is that it expanded the list of offences for which a DNA data bank order can be made."
  • Library of Parliament Publication on Forensic DNA Analysis (March 31, 2009): "This paper examines three areas in which new DNA investigation methods are already changing the application of forensic DNA analysis internationally, or are likely to do so in the near future: 1. New analysis methods for comparing degraded DNA samples; 2. DNA database searches that identify suspects by their genetic similarities to relatives; and 3. Analysis methods which could generate a physical description of a suspect based on DNA evidence."
  • Parliamentary Committee Report on DNA Identification Act (July 22, 2009): "The most recent issue of the Weekly Checklist of Government Publications includes the June 2009 report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security entitled Statutory Review of the DNA Identification Act: (...) 'This report sets out the Committee’s findings in terms of the strengths and weaknesses of the Act and the administrative framework surrounding the NDDB [National DNA Data Bank]. It also highlights the exceptional work done by the scientists at the NDDB and in the forensic laboratories. It underscores the urgency of investing additional funds in the forensic laboratories and the NDDB without delay to ensure the proper functioning of the justice in this regard. It proposes recommendations designed to maximize the benefits that forensic science derives from DNA analysis. The report also expresses the Committee’s faith in DNA science, and its considered opinion that the NDDB is an extremely useful and important tool for the criminal justice system'. "

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

International Statistics on Crime and Justice

The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime have released a study on International Statistics on Crime and Justice.

It provides basic information on recorded crime and on resources of criminal justice systems in UN member states.

The document is divided into 8 chapters:
  • Homicide
  • Trends in police-recorded crime
  • Drug crime
  • Complex crimes (organized crime, human trafficking)
  • Responses of the criminal justice system
  • Attributes of criminal justice systems – resources, performance and punitivity
  • Trends in world prison population
  • Crime and criminal justice statistics challenges
[Source: beSpacific]

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Friday, July 09, 2010

Law Library of Congress Offers Global Legal Information Catalog

The Law Library of Congress in Washington offers a Global Legal Information Catalog, which is described as a tool that "includes information about publications which reprint the laws and regulations of multiple jurisdictions on a particular legal topic (...) The database works as an interface with the Library of Congress’s online catalog and is searchable by jurisdiction, title, subject and keyword. "

The database returns result on alphabetical order. I would prefer reverse chronological order but I'm not complaining.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Association of Research Libraries Kit on Evaluating E-Resources

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published a SPEC Kit on Evaluating E-resources [links to executive summary with survey results].

As the document explains:
"SPEC Kits contain the most valuable, up-to-date information on the latest issues of concern to libraries and librarians today. They are the result of a systematic survey of ARL member libraries on a particular topic related to current practice in the field. Each SPEC Kit contains an executive summary of the survey results; survey questions with tallies and selected comments; the best representative documents from survey participants, such as policies, procedures, handbooks, guidelines, Web sites, records, brochures, and statements; and a selected reading list—both print and online sources—containing the most current literature available on the topic for further study."
This kit looked at the practices of major research libraries in North America: the existence of policies on e-resources, the use of electronic resource management systems, purchasing and licensing practices, criteria for evaluating e-resources.

From the conclusion:
"Both consortia and libraries deploy large amounts of staff resources to build e-resource collections. Identification and assessment activities are not partitioned, rather they are conducted as communal activities. Consortial staff work in concert with member libraries. Librarians with collections, teaching, and reference responsibilities share duties with collection development groups, librarians dedicated to e-resource management, and/or library senior administrators (...)"

"Yet, despite considerable and widespread involvement of staff, the survey uncovered weaknesses in the procurement processes, policies, and procedures. Consortial and library staff conduct a slate of activities and consider numerous criteria when examining resources, yet many libraries do not have collection development policies specifically addressing e-resources to guide their decisions. Evaluations, once complete, are often not recorded by either libraries or consortia for future reference. Further, about one-fifth of consortia and libraries do not have routine review cycles for resources once they are purchased."

"Various licensing terms are considered important to libraries; however, seventeen percent of consortia and thirty-one percent of individual libraries do not use any standard licensing terms or model licenses for e-resources. Also, despite various legal and other considerations in licensing, cost was the only criterion considered a deal breaker by a significant percentage of survey respondents (...) These shortcomings not only open the potential for wasted staff time and poor decision making, they also carry potential legal ramifications, due to the nature of contractual licensing."
The full report (178 pages) can be purchased from the ARL.

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

2009 Annual Report of Ontario Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal for Ontario released its first ever annual report in late June.

In his opening comments, The Honourable Warren K. Winkler, Chief Justice of Ontario, writes:
"The open court concept is fundamental to our justice system. It is the driving force behind the provision of public access to judicial proceedings, court information and reasons for judgment, as well as the availability of court proceedings in both official languages. An open and transparent justice system promotes public confdence in the day-to-day events that transpire in our courts. It is a cherished principle within our vibrant, democratic society."

"In recognition of the need to be open, accountable and fair, the Court of Appeal for Ontario has taken a number of positive steps over the last year to enhance its services and increase opportunities for the public to better understand what is happening in our Court. From supporting the successful duty counsel and pro bono programmes, to working more effectively with the media and proactively sharing information about court sittings and decisions, the Court of Appeal is seeking ways to better serve the public and promote an accessible justice system."

"To this end, the Court of Appeal for Ontario is pleased to present its first Annual Report."
The Toronto Star crunched some of the statistics in the annual report: One in three Ontario criminal verdicts overturned - New report shows family and civil appeals less successful and more people without lawyers (July 5, 2010).

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New British Columbia Supreme Court Civil and Family Rules

New Supreme Court Civil and Family Rules took effect in British Columbia at the beginning of the month:
"The new rules make the civil and family justice systems more responsive, accessible and efficient. They were developed through extensive research and broad consultation and were finalized by the Rules Revision Committee, a committee of senior judges, and experienced private and public sector lawyers."

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Monday, July 05, 2010

Canadian Lawyer Magazine Profile of Public Prosecution Service of Canada

The July 2010 issue of Canadian Lawyer Magazine features a cover story about the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, a federal organization created in December 2006.

The Service is responsible for prosecuting offences under more than 50 federal statutes and for providing prosecution-related legal advice to law enforcement agencies. The Service handles cases involving drugs, organized crime, terrorism, tax law, money laundering and proceeds of crime, crimes against humanity and war crimes, Criminal Code offences in the territories, and many federal regulatory offences.

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Tougher Sentencing Laws Mean Return to Double-Bunking

This is a follow-up to the June 22, 2010 Library Boy post entitled Parliamentary Budget Officer Predicts Stiff Price Tag Because of Tougher Sentencing Laws.

That post described a report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page who estimates that the federal government's tougher sentencing laws will mean more than doubling the costs of correctional services by 2015-2016 with many of the extra costs being shifted to the provincial purse. Tougher sentences will translate into more people ending up in jail for longer periods. Ergo, more jails will need to be built and that costs money. Most of which the provinces will have to cough up.

Columnist Richard Cleroux writes today in the weekly Law Times that the feds are reintroducing the practice of double-bunking - two beds to each cell - in federal prisons.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says double-bunking all the extra prisoners will cost maybe $2 billion over five years. Page estimates the tough-on-crime policies will come closer to an extra $5 billion.

Independent bean-counter vs. political minister. "La guerre des chiffres" as they call in in French. The numbers war.

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Sunday, July 04, 2010

New Westlaw Canada Search Features

Last week on Slaw.ca, Ted Tjaden wrote a summary of some of the new search features that Westlaw Canada has recently added.

These include:
  • “Did you mean?” to deal with misspelled terms
  • Suggestions of related keywords to add to the search
  • "Results Plus" to recommend additional results
  • the ability to sort caselaw noteup results by citation frequency

[Source: Slaw.ca]

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Friday, July 02, 2010

Top Tech Trends at American Library Association Conference

At every conference of the American Library Association, their Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) division organizes a Top Tech trends session.

Here is a summary of this year's session. It was held on June 27. A video recording is available on the US Stream TV site.

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