2016-10-24T17:57:57.594-04:00The Library of Parliament has just published a background paper on The Legal Regulation of Marijuana in Canada and Selected Other Countries:
"This document discusses the legal regulation of marijuana in Canada and in a number of other jurisdictions. After some material on marijuana itself, it provides an overview of the international drug control regime, including current debates surrounding the possible reform of this regime and the outcomes of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, which took place in April 2016. The document then turns to the legal treatment of marijuana in Canada, including the prevalence of use of marijuana in this country. It then examines different regulation approaches - including legalization and decriminalization - in a number of jurisdictions."Those jurisdictions include Uruguay, the United States, Portugal, Spain, and the Netherlands.
2016-10-24T17:51:09.304-04:00The Supreme Court of Canada has published its calendar of appeal hearings for the period October 31 to November 11, 2016.
2016-10-20T19:28:17.299-04:00The research reports of the Congressinal Research Service (CRS) in Washington are usually not easily accessible to the public.
"CRS is Congress’ think tank, and its reports are relied upon by academics, businesses, judges, policy advocates, students, librarians, journalists, and policymakers for accurate and timely analysis of important policy issues. The reports are not classified and do not contain individualized advice to any specific member of Congress."
"Until today, CRS reports were generally available only to the well-connected.
Now, in partnership with a Republican and Democratic member of Congress, we are making these reports available to everyone for free online (...)"
"We redact the phone number, email address, and names of virtually all the analysts from the reports. We add disclaimer language regarding copyright and the role CRS reports are intended to play. That’s it."
2016-10-19T17:40:19.636-04:00The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is hosting a webinar on Thursday, November 17, 2016 called Uncovering the UN Documentation System. It starts at 1PM Eastern time:
"This session will provide an overview of UN documentation. Participants will learn about the main UN organs and the different types of documents they produce; learn about document symbols and how they are structured. The different databases, tools, and publications useful to UN research will be highlighted."The speaker is a former colleague of mine: Susan Goard, law librarian and training coordinator at the Dag Hammarskjold Library at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
2016-10-19T17:35:22.653-04:00The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection for the period October 1st to 15th, 2016 is now available on the Court website.
2016-10-18T19:54:31.151-04:00The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) has been running a series of member profiles called Five Questions With...
2016-10-17T19:42:54.180-04:00Earlier today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the nomination of Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador Justice Malcolm Rowe to the Supreme Court of Canada:
"This is the first nomination by the Government of Canada under its new Supreme Court selection process, which was established to promote greater openness, transparency, and accountability."He will replace Thomas Cromwell of Nova Scotia, who retired Sept. 1.
"With today’s announcement, the members of the House of Commons’ Committee on Justice and Human Rights will be given a week to prepare for a special committee hearing, where the Minister of Justice and the Chair of the Independent Advisory Board will explain the process and why the nominee was selected."
"To further meet our commitment to openness and transparency, members of the House’s Justice and Human Rights Committee and Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee – as well as representatives of the Bloc Québécois and Green Party – will be invited to take part in a Q&A session with the nominee, moderated by a law professor, on October 25."
2016-10-13T17:36:41.269-04:00Slaw.ca, Canada's major law-related blog, has released its first ever Slaw Readers Survey Report. I have occasionally contributed to the site.
2016-10-13T17:42:32.206-04:00In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., reported earlier this week on two recent comparative law reports published by the institution.
2016-10-08T18:33:05.352-04:00Earlier this week, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) released a document outlining Proposals for Reform to the Judicial Discipline Process for Federally-appointed Judges.
2016-10-08T17:46:52.468-04:00The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ) recently published a series of fact sheets on Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada.
2016-10-06T15:22:14.333-04:00The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is hosting a webinar on November 2, 2016 on Navigating the Mentoring Relationship. It takes place from 1 to 2:30PM Eastern time:
"Whether you’re new to mentoring or just looking to brush up your style, our expert panel of mentors and mentees will help you ensure that you have the skills to approach a mentoring relationship with confidence. Learn how to set expectations, give and receive constructive feedback, and build your professional network. After exploring the mentoring relationship from a variety of perspectives, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. This webinar is free to CALL Student Members and CALL Unwaged Members."The speakers are:
2016-10-05T18:44:53.105-04:00The September 2016 issue of Connected is available online. The bulletin covers news about the impact of new social media on courts.
2016-10-05T18:40:46.524-04:00The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection for the period September 16th to 30th, 2016 is now available on the Court website.
2016-10-05T18:38:28.644-04:00The October 2016 issue of In Session is available online.
2016-10-01T09:29:05.662-04:00The Law Reform Commission of Ireland has published a Report on Harmful Communications and Digital Safety that recommends the enactment of 2 new criminal offences to deal with posting online of intimate images without consent:
"The first is to deal with the intentional victim-shaming behaviour of posting intimate images without consent, often done after a relationship has broken down (so-called 'revenge porn'). The second new offence also deals with posting intimate photos or videos and is to deal with a new type of voyeurism, often called 'upskirting' or 'down-blousing'. "The report also looks at how jurisdictions such as Scotland, England and Wales, and Northern Ireland deal with offences like cyber-stalking.
"The Report also recommends reforms of the existing offence of harassment, to ensure that it includes online activity such as posting fake social media profiles; and that there should be a separate offence of stalking, which is really an aggravated form of harassment."
"The Report also recommends reform of the existing offence of sending threatening and intimidating messages, again to ensure that it fully captures the most serious types of online intimidation." [from the press release]
2016-09-29T18:03:52.689-04:00Earlier this month, the English Law Commission released a consultation paper on Misconduct in Public Office.
Misconduct in public office is a common law offence: it is not defined in any statute. It carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The offence requires that: a public officer acting as such; wilfully neglects to perform his or her duty and/or wilfully misconducts him or herself; to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder; without reasonable excuse or justification.Appendix F includes information on the legal situation in a number of other jurisdictions, including Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Scotland and a number of Caribbean states.
The offence is widely considered to be ill-defined and has been subject to recent criticism by the Government, the Court of Appeal, the press and legal academics (...)
The problems identified in the existing law clearly show that it would be undesirable either to retain the existing offence or to attempt to codify it in statute. All the options in the Consultation Paper therefore assume that the common law offence of misconduct in public office is to be abolished.
The underlying issue tying together the problems with the current offence is that it is not clear what mischief the current offence targets and therefore what form the offence should take.
In our consultation paper we conclude that a reformed offence, or offences, could address one or both of the following wrongs: breach of duty leading to a risk of serious harm; and corrupt behaviour – the abuse of a position for personal advantage or to cause harm to another.
2016-09-29T17:48:32.223-04:00Statistics Canada has published an article on Youth court statistics, 2014/2015 that shows that the number of completed cases in youth courts was the lowest since the numbers were first collected more than two decades ago.
2016-09-28T18:11:14.928-04:00The Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute released a comprehensive review of Canada's criminal justice system earlier this week.
"This paper recommends that the Criminal Code should be amended to create select hybrid offences with an option for a sentence of five years less one day, to reduce significantly the number of cases requiring preliminary inquiry. In addition, part XVIII.1 of the Criminal Code regarding mandatory case resolution procedures should be reviewed by the provinces to ensure it is practically achieving the intended result of expediting case processing and resolution."The report is a companion piece to the the Institute's Report Card on the Criminal Justice System released last week.
"Finally, this paper makes a series of recommendations intended to deal with repeat offenders and administration of justice offences:
- Creation of the Criminal Code offence (s. 145) of breach of a condition of conditional release under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA);
- authorize the Parole Board of Canada to order electronic monitoring of offenders on conditional release;
- amend the CCRA to restrict statutory release eligibility to first time federal offenders and require earned parole for repeat federal custody offenders; and
- amend the CCRA to expressly restrict parole for convicted non-citizens serving a federal sentence for the purpose of immediate removal from Canada."
2016-09-26T12:41:10.804-04:00The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is organizing a webinar called Play to Reduce Stress and Increase Cognition on October 13, 2016 from 1 to 2:30PM Eastern:
"Law schools and law firms are stressful environments which can lead individuals to feel overwhelmed, anxious or depressed, potentially resulting in destructive behaviour. Universities and professional legal associations have developed wellness and mental health programs to assist individuals develop coping mechanisms. Librarians can supplement these programs by offering fun-filled, playful activities which will reduce stress in and increase the cognitive abilities of their patrons."
"In recent years, researchers have extolled the emotional, psychological and physical benefits of adults partaking of childhood games. Libraries are perfectly situated to provide students, lawyers and staff with opportunities to play. Self-paced “take-a-break” games and activities, for example, allow individuals to spend a few minutes having fun and becoming re-energized. Planned events can be useful in creating a positive social environment by bringing students, lawyers and staff together to have fun or engage in playful competition."The speaker will be Kim Clarke, Head of the Bennett Jones Law Library and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Calgary.
2016-09-26T12:34:46.738-04:00The Supreme Court of Canada has published its calendar of appeal hearings for October 2016.
2016-09-25T16:19:15.986-04:00Édith Guilhermont, a legal scholar at the University of Sherbrooke in the province of Quebec, has created a directory of Quebec law-related blogs.
2016-09-24T14:34:39.276-04:00The Canadian Association of Law Libraries announced at its 2016 annual conference in Vancouver that Thomson Reuters is funding two new prizes launched in memory of members the Association lost in 2015.
2016-09-22T18:31:51.157-04:00The Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World newsletter, published by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), highlights issues pertaining to government and recordkeeping practices in the public and private sectors around the world.
2016-09-21T14:31:20.649-04:00CBA National, the magazine of the Canadian Bar Association, publishes a regular feature entitled Legal Futures roundup that tracks "noteworthy developments, opinions and news in the legal futures space as a means of furthering discussion about our changing legal marketplace."