What's New in the Library

Impaired driving and other criminal code driving offences, the 2023 annotated copyright act. witness preparation, presentation, and assessment, What kind of death, Virtual Advocacy

What Kind of Death: The Ethics of Determining One's Own Death / Govert den Hartogh

KB297.1.H38 2023

Click here to view this title in the catalogue

Many books have been published about physician-assisted death. This book offers a comprehensive and in-depth examination of that subject, but it also extends the discussion to a broader range of end-of-life decisions including suicide, palliative care and sedation until death. 

In every jurisdiction that has laws permitting some kind of physician-assisted death, a central point of controversy is whether such assistance should only be available to dying patients, or to everyone who wants to end his life. The right to determine the manner and time of one’s own death, however, does not necessarily mean that physicians should be permitted to cooperate in ensuring a quick and peaceful death. In this book, Govert den Hartogh considers the fundamental and practical matters – including concrete issues of legal regulation – related to end-of life decision making. He proposes a two-tiered system. Everyone should have access to humane means of ending his life, if his decision to end it is voluntary, well-considered and durable. But doctors should only participate in a joint action of ending the patient’s life on his request if they also are convinced of acting in the patient’s best interests, in particular by ending intolerable and unrelievable suffering. And perhaps there is reason to restrict that second service to dying patients. The whole argument, however, depends on the extent to which, in both tiers of the system, we can design legal safeguards that will enable us to trust judgments about the requesting person’s request and about his suffering. The book considers much new evidence in regard to this issue.

On the shelves now at our Vancouver branch.

Impaired Driving and Other Criminal Code Driving Offences, 2nd edition / Karen Jokinen

KM565.T7J65 2023 

Click here to view this title in the catalogue

Following the 2018 repeal and replacement of driving provisions in the Criminal Code, the COVID-19 pandemic generated significant changes to the justice system, including its approach to drinking and driving cases. During the last three years, numerous aspects of the legislation have been challenged, upheld, overturned, and restored on appeal.

Impaired Driving and Other Criminal Code Driving Offences, 2nd Edition is a balanced and comprehensive guide to new legislation and case law, designed to assist all members of the criminal bar and judiciary. Incorporating both Crown and defence perspectives, this resource explores all aspects of impaired driving law, including the different types of offences, the investigation process, provincial procedural differences, trial strategies and issues, sentencing, and ethics.

On the shelves now at our Abbotsford, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, New Westminster, Prince Geroge, Vancouver and Victoria branches.

The Annotated Copyright Act / Normand Tamaro


Click here to view this title in the catalogue

Its exclusive combination of statute and case law with in-depth analysis makes the 2023 Annotated Copyright Act ideal for use as your portable research tool. This work has become a fixture of copyright law practice in Canada in the 30 years since the first edition was published in 1992. Written by an experienced practitioner and academic, this convenient one-stop reference brings together all the information you need to efficiently practice copyright law.

The 2023 Annotated Copyright Act brings the legislation, case law, and commentary up to date since the last edition.

2023 edition on the shelves now at our Vancouver branch.

Virtual Advocacy: Litigating from a Distance / Sean Petrou

KL93.V57 2023

Click here to view this title in the catalogue

The first comprehensive authority on virtual advocacy in Canada, this text is structured to mirror the natural trajectory of a litigation file, offering guidance through every stage of the process at every level of court in Ontario and federally. Each chapter is organized to succinctly cover the history of the adoption of virtual proceedings, as well as the procedural and tactical considerations of the litigation milestone in question.

It isn’t necessary to read the full volume cover-to-cover. Rather, readers can use Virtual Advocacy: Litigating from a Distance as a future-oriented practice guide, choosing to turn to the relevant sections – such as Motions and Applications, or Trials, or Appeals – as their matter proceeds in the virtual courtroom. By focusing on the issues, practices and strategic matters that every litigator faces, this book is sure to serve as a lasting practical resource.

A quick-reference, annotated guide to key case law is also included and offers important perspectives on the development of COVID-19 and virtual proceedings, written not only by practitioners but also by the judges who made the law.

On the shelves now at our Vancouver branch.

Witness Preparation, Presentation, and Assessment / Mona Duckett

KN390.2.G86 2023

Click here to view this title in the catalogue

A critical component of virtually every criminal trial, witness testimony has the power to make or break your theory of the case. Incorporating insights from Crown, defence, and judicial perspectives, Witness Preparation, Presentation, and Assessment offers readers practical guidance on handling the myriad of legal issues that may arise in the preparation, presentation or assessment of witnesses. 

This legal playbook is organized into three parts: preparation, presentation, and assessment. Part I covers the vital legal and ethical considerations of preparing various types of witnesses for trial. Part II provides readers with a roadmap to procedural issues that can arise during trial, including refreshing a witness’s memory, putting prior statements to a witness, cross-examining an expert witness, and more. Part III discusses factors related to credibility and offers practical guidance on drafting submissions, as well as reasons for judgement, from a judicial perspective. 

Whether a novice to the courtroom or a seasoned practitioner, this practical resource’s succinct and concreate guidance makes it a must-have for all criminal lawyers and judges confronting the complex realities of witness testimony.

On the shelves now at our Kamloops, Nanaimo, New Westminster and Prince George branches.

Contact or visit your local branch to borrow!

Item not available? Contact us to put this title on hold 

Phone: 1-800-665-2570

Email: librarian@courthouselibrary.ca

Request a title as a Book-in-a-Box


*All images and descriptions taken from publisher websites