Shaunna Mireau on Canadian Legal Research

Tips on Canadian legal research from the Library at Field LLP.
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February 29, 2012

Annotated Alberta Rules

Fielders may have heard me complain about my perception that not enough cases on the new Alberta Rules were making it in to the Fradsham's Alberta Rules of Court Annotated text/search template on Westlaw Canada's Litigator service.

Content is extremely important from the perspective of the Field Libraries, and I am very happy to report that 33 sections of the Fradsham's Annotation have citations to cases from 2011. There were also some 2010 cases added bringing that "hit" total to 12. There is still only one 2009 case in the annotations, but given the in-force date of the new Alberta Rules of Court is November 1, 2010, I can let that go.

Researchers should remember that there are other sources of information about cases considering the Alberta Rules of Court, including the excellent material available from Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP in their Rules newsletters. There is also an online version of the Alberta Civil Procedure Handbook which is linked from FieldNet for our internal folk. More information on that Juriliber product is available.

Happy rules consideration searching.

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February 21, 2012

Statutes Repeal Act, 2008

My colleague in law librarianship, Patrick Fawcett, Librarian with Taylor McCaffery LLP in Winnipeg, wrote an excellent article for the Canadian Law Library Review (v.
36, no. 2, p. 71) on the Statutes Repeal Act, 2008.

I also wrote about this act in a 2008 post. This old post links to a list of 57 statutes that should be repealed under this act as of a 2005 CALL/ACBD Conference presentation by Senator Tommy Banks. (One more reason to attend CALL Conferences - great sessions)

The February 18, 2011 Canada Gazette has the first list of repeals under the Statutes Repeal Act - 32 pieces of law that made their way through the House of Commons, the Senate, and were assented to by the Queen's representative for Canada, yet never brought into force, and have now been repealed as of December 31, 2011.