Legal Research


CCLA Conference Papers Database: On Hiatus

Following our post from earlier this week about the CCLA Library Catalogue, we’d also like to note that our Conference Papers Database is currently unavailable.

If you would like to receive a copy of a CCLA conference paper, please feel free to email us in the library.

If you would like to review the contents of past conference binders, a PDF and Word document version of the contents for each conference from 2010 to the present are available directly from the conference page on our website.

We will be sure to update everyone when the papers are available online again.


Ontario Employment Standards Act Policy and Interpretation Manual – Now Online!

Here is a terrific resource for any of you practicing employment law in Ontario: The Employment Standards Act Policy and Interpretation Manual is now available for free, online, from anywhere you can get internet access. This is straight from the Ministry of Labour’s Employment Standards Program, so it’s good stuff.

You can find the HTML version of the guide here: https://www.ontario.ca/document/employment-standard-act-policy-and-interpretation-manual

As you can see, the latest update was just a few days ago. Typically, the manual is updated a couple of times per year. We hope this helps in your research work, and also in your budget for collecting quality legal research materials for your office.


CCLA Articling & LPP Students Breakfast & Legal Research Primer

On August 22, the CCLA welcomes 2019-2020 articling and LPP students to our breakfast and legal research primer!

Following a light breakfast, students will take a crash course in the legal research they’ll be given over the next year, and how to get the work done. They will also have a chance to tour the CCLA library and learn about all of the resources we have available for to use at absolutely no cost.

This event is free with payment of the CCLA articling student membership registration. For $25 + HST, CCLA Articling Student Membership entitles students to 24/7 access to the CCLA Library, an Ottawa Courthouse Security Card (to bypass security in our courthouse), and other CCLA membership perks.

Registration is capped at 60 students, so make sure to register early!  A waiting list will be established once we hit capacity.

To register (or to register on behalf of your students), please follow this link! If you are already a CCLA student member, please sign in to the site before proceeding and the registration will be free.


CanLII Spring 2019 Updates

Keen observers and users of CanLII may have noticed that things look a little different lately. Last month, the CanLII team wrote about new design changes that were made on the website to help with clarity and consistency. Check out their blog post (linked above) for all the details.

For my money, I think the biggest change that you may want to familiarize yourself with is where to find additional information on decision and legislation pages. You can see on the example below, for a judicial decision, that links (or tabs) to the case history, decisions cited, subsequent case citations, and links to material on CanLII Connects are now available just below the name of the case (or legislation). Previously, these links were tucked in a bit further below.

 

 

 


Compendium of Damages Awarded in Personal Injury Actions Across Ontario, January 1999 – October 2018 Update

The CCLA Compendium of Damages Awarded in Personal Injury Actions Across Ontario has been updated to October 2018! This invaluable guide is a favourite with local litigators, and has been produced for the CCLA for several years under the leadership of The Honourable James Chadwick and with the assistance of students from the University of Ottawa law school.

To check it out, please click here.

For future reference, you can find this publication on the CCLA website under our “Civil Litigation” practice portal.

 


WestlawNext : New CCLA Subscription Additions!

If you’ve been doing any on-site research here at the courthouse recently, you may have noticed some extra additions to our WestlawNext portal! We’ve recently added Employment Source, Estates & Trusts Source, and Labour Source to our online subscriptions, and we’re happy to continue to provide access to Law Source, Family Source, and Criminal Source.

Our new (and old) subscriptions can be accessed through the sidebar when first logging in:

Highlights from these new subscriptions include electronic access to:

Employment Source

  • Canadian Employment Law by Ball
  • Employee Obligations in Canada by D’Andrea
  • Illness and Disability in the Workplace by D’Andrea
  • The Law of Dismissal in Canada, Third Edition by Levitt
  • The Employment Bulletin (Editor: Mark Fletcher)
  • Wrongful Dismissal Quantum Service

Estates & Trusts Source

  • Estates and Trusts Fillable Forms
  • Estate Planning Precedents by Histrop
  • Estate Litigation by Schnurr
  • Ontario Estate Administration Manual by Armstrong
  • WeirFoulds Estates & Trusts Newsletter

Labour Source

  • Canadian Labour Arbitration by Brown & Beatty (Jen can finally live without my incessant nagging to get an electronic version of this!)
  • Canadian Labour Law by Adams
  • Collective Bargaining and Agreement by Corry

As you can see there is a ton of great content in here, so have a look when you have the chance! You must be on-site at the CCLA Library to access these materials through our subscription. We will also be scheduling a WestlawNext training session (in our new training room!) in the near future, so stay tuned for more information on that.

As always, any questions, don’t hesitate to drop us a line.

 


New Lexis Advance Quicklaw Feature: Practice Areas

If you’re a fan of Lexis Advance Quicklaw for your research, you’ll want to take note of this new feature!

 

When you’re on the Quicklaw homescreen, take note of the new tab under “Explore Content” which directs you to “Practice Area.” By clicking on that tab, you’ll pull up a brand new list of practice areas.

 

This list of 10 practice areas (Construction, Criminal, Employment, Family Immigration, Insurance, Labour, Real Estate, Securities, and Wills, Estates, and Trusts) will lead you to a page that allows you to either browse resources in these areas, or perform a search exclusively in materials related to that practice.

 

In the above example, you can see the “Criminal Law” practice area. Searching in the box at the top will just search Criminal primary law (legislation and decisions), criminal law secondary materials (such as textbooks or the Halsbury’s), and criminal drafting materials.

This is a great new feature that allows you to narrow your research down very quickly and easily. We hope you find it useful on your next research task!


CanLII Updates

Over the past few months, there has been a flurry of activity at CanLII. It felt like new materials were being added all the time, so now that it’s back to school time (in our hearts, if not in practice!), let’s take a look at the current commentary offerings from CanLII:

Books and Articles:

So many! New books and titles are being added all the time, so check out this link to see the full list.

Reports and Research Papers:

Again, there are lots! This is another new section of CanLII, and there is a whole lot of great content now available. Check out this link for the full list of reports and research papers.

Journals:

  • Alberta Law Review
  • Appeal Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform
  • Canadian Bar Review
  • Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law
  • Canadian Journal of Human Rights
  • Canadian Law Library Review
  • Canadian Parliamentary Review
  • Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies
  • LawNow Magazine
  • Manitoba Law Journal
  • McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution
  • McGill Journal of Law and Health
  • McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law
  • McGill Law Journal
  • Ottawa Law Review
  • University of New Brunswick Law Journal
  • Western Journal of Legal Studies
  • Windsor Yearbook on Access to Justice

Newsletters:

  • Justice as Healing
  • Long term disability in Ontario
  • Siskinds Class Action Case Review

Finally, if you’re an author and wish to submit material to CanLII, check out the CanLII Authors Program.

 


Research Refresher: Lexis Advance Quicklaw Quantums

I was looking for quantums in Quicklaw last week and realized a) it had been a while since I had done so, and b) I wasn’t entirely sure how to access them anymore! If you’ve never used the quantums in Quicklaw, you might be surprised to learn the scope of what these gather. In the library’s subscription to Quicklaw, you can access quantums for:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Child Support
  • Defamation
  • Dependants’ Relief
  • Matrimonial Property
  • Medical Neligence
  • Property-Related Torts
  • Sentencing
  • Spousal Support
  • Wrongful Dismissal
  • Personal Injury

I checked online to see if Lexis had made any tutorials for using this feature, and thankfully they have! Check out the video below, and next time you need to figure out “how much,” consider popping over to the library to see what Quicklaw has for you.


Related Proceedings on WestlawNext Canada

We’re happy to highlight a very useful feature that has sneakily been added to WestlawNext Canada for a couple months now: related proceedings! You’re likely familiar with the usual case history chart that you can access through the “History” tab on a case, but what you may not have noticed is an extra link detailing the related proceedings.

As you can see in the screenshot below, in the left-hand bar there are the two case histories listed under Direct History, but underneath that is now a link to the Related Proceedings for the case.

 

Clicking on that link brings up a whole new document, detailing and linking to both the direct history and to any related proceedings (applications, interlocutory motions, etc.)  that are available for the case. It lists them in chronological order, as you can see below, so it can be quite helpful when dealing with complicated matters that span multiple years!

 

Related Proceedings summaries such as this have currently been added for Federal, Ontario, PEI, and New Brunswick jurisdictions. You can check the status of the other provinces at their press release here, which Thomson Reuters is updating as content is added.

WestlawNext Canada is available for use on all our library computers, or as always, feel free to get in touch with us if you need something specific!