| Feb 08, 2013
It's been a good year for the criminal bar—at least as far as library resources are concerned.
Last month we announced the launch of the Criminal Law Practice Portal, and extolled the virtues of this specially designed section of our website which was built in consultation with BC lawyers and judges. Then just last week we touted the addition of Rangefindr which lets Law Society of BC members run sentencing quantum searches in an easy-to-use online interface where you can start broad (e.g. "fraud over $5,000") and then checkbox your way to isolate exact factual variables using Canadian case precedents (e.g. accused who profited in the millions, evaded detection and still got a conditional sentence).
Below are a couple more resources for criminal law practitioners.
More Online Criminal Law Resources
#1 - Irwin Law's Criminal Law Textbooks
You have to be logged in to the Lawyers' Reading Room to access Rangefindr, but once you're there be sure to check out these ebooks from Irwin Law:
- Charter of Rights and Freedoms 4/e, The by Hon. Robert J. Sharpe & Kent Roach
- Criminal Law 4/e by Kent Roach
- Criminal Procedure by Stephen Coughlan
- Detention and Arrest by Steve Coughlan & Glen Luther
- Ethics and Canadian Criminal Law by Hon. Michel Proulx & David Layton
- Fundamental Justice by Hamish Stewart
- National Security Law: Canadian Practice in International Perspective_ by Craig
- Youth Criminal Justice Law 2/e by Nicholas Bala & Sanjeev Anand
- Carnal Crimes: Sexual Assault Law in Canada, 1900–1975 by Constance Backhouse
- Counsel for the Defence: The Bernard Cohn Memorial Lectures in Criminal Law edited and introduced by Edward L. Greenspan, Q.C.
- Expert Evidence in Criminal Law: The Scientific Approach 2/e by Alan D. Gold
- Forensic Investigations and Miscarriages of Justice: The Rhetoric Meets the Reality by Kent Roach, Bibi Sangha, & Robert Moles
- Getting Away With Murder by David Paciocco
- Human Rights of Anti-Terrorism, The edited by Nicole LaViolette & Craig Forcese
- In the Balance: The Administration of Justice and National Security in Democracies edited by Christopher K. Penny
- Jury Selection in Criminal Trials by David M. Tanovich, David Paciocco, & Steven Skurka
- Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime by Robert Hubbard, Daniel Murphy, Fergus ODonnell, & Peter DeFreitas
- Understanding Section 8: Search, Seizure, and the Canadian Constitution by Susanne Boucher & Kenneth Landa
- Wigmore on Alcohol: Courtroom Alcohol Toxicology for the Medicolegal Professional by James G. Wigmore
#2 - Canadian Statutes
From the main page of the Reading Room take a plunge into HeinOnline and locate "Australian and Canadian Acts of Parliament" as well as "Revised Statutes of Canada" under subscribed libraries in the column at left (follow these links if you are already logged in to the Reading Room).
Sure you can find federal laws on the website for the Department of Justice, but there is something empowering in knowing that you can also, if you wish, view any Act of the Parliament of Canada, and Upper Canada before that, as it was printed using only your iPhone. These go all the way back to 1792 and are fully searchable. "Australian and Canadian Acts of Parliament" includes annual volumes of acts pertaining to Canada. The newly added "Revised Statutes of Canada" now also offers complete digital versions of the printed series from 1886, 1906, 1927, 1952, 1970 and 1985.
Digital Tools in the Branches
When you are in any branch of the library, take a moment to explore what's on the computers. You may not have realized just how deep these resources were.
#1 - CriminalSource
This tool from is an extension of LawSource, and will be extremely familiar to use if you've had experience on Westlaw's platforms. Now that Canada Law Book was acquired by Westlaw (or Reuters, really, which owns the family), it offers a ton of great information tools – including the full Canadian Criminal Cases reports – and others you will be familiar with. Here's a list of the highlights from within CriminalSource:
- Gibson, Canadian Criminal Code Offences
- Gibson, Criminal Law Evidence, Practice and Procedure
- Segal, Disclosure and Production in Criminal Cases
- Watt, Watt's Manual of Criminal Evidence
- Watt's Criminal Law and Evidence Newsletter: Authored by Justice David Watt. It is published every two weeks.
- Law report articles from Carswell's Criminal Reports and Motor Vehicle Reports
- Journal articles from Carswell's Canadian Criminal Law Review.
- Neuberger Rose Criminal Law Advisor. Authored by Joseph Neuberger and David Rose. It is published every month.
- Cournoyer-Ouimet en bref. Authored by Mr. Justice Guy Cournoyer and leading defence counsel Gilles Ouimet. It is published every month.
- Segal’s Motor Vehicle and Impaired Driving Newsletter. Authored by Deputy Attorney General for Ontario, Murray Segal. It is published every two weeks.
- Mack Criminal Law Newsletter by Assistant Crown Attorney Dallas Mack.
- For the Defence by the Criminal Lawyers’ Association. Five issues per year
- Tremeear’s Annotated Criminal Code
#2 - Criminal Spectrum
This was the platform developed by Canada Law Book before they were acquired by Westlaw. It supports the digital versions of Canada Law Book's criminal law publications. For the time being, it is offered independently from Westlaw's CriminalSource product, and the overlap in any event is minimal. Both products have the contents of Canadian Criminal Cases, although the way Criminal Spectrum renders the CCCs is quite impressive, given that the electronic version appears to be a perfect photocopy of the printed version, and you would be hard pressed to produce a more authentic copy even if you owned the series yourself.
Criminal Spectrum is available on the computers in all branches, and includes:
- Canadian Criminal Cases, since 1898 – in a format that resembles exactly how the cases were printed, not just the text in HTML.
- Martin's Annual Criminal Code with annotations by Edward L. Greenspan, Q.C., The Honourable Justice Marc Rosenberg and Marie Henein
- Martin's Related Criminal Statutes with annotations by Edward L. Greenspan, Q.C., The Honourable Justice Marc Rosenberg and Marie Henein
- Canadian Criminal Procedure, Sixth Edition by The Honourable R.E. Salhany, Q.C.
- Sentencing: The Practitioner's Guide by Gary R. Clewley and Paul G. McDermott
- Youth Criminal Justice Act Manual by The Honourable Justice Peter J. Harris and The Honourable Justice Miriam H. Bloomenfeld
- Drug Offences in Canada, Third Edition by Bruce A. MacFarlane, Q.C., Robert J. Frater and Chantal Proulx
- McWilliams' Canadian Criminal Evidence, Fourth Edition by The Honourable Justice Casey Hill, Prof. David M. Tanovich and Louis P. Strezos
- Criminal Pleadings & Practice in Canada, Second Edition by The Honourable Justice E.G. Ewaschuk
- Criminal Law Quarterly