Revisions to ELLA website

Hello Members!

Over the next few weeks, you will see some changes to the layout and content of our website. Please note that until further notice, this will be a work in progress. Please send constructive feedback to web@edmontonlawlibraries.ca.

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ELLA Blog Update – November(ish) 2018

Thank you to all who attended our presentation titled “The Sovereign Citizen Pseudo-Law Memplex” by Donald Netolitzky on November 26, 2018. Donald is the Complex Litigant Management Counsel for the Court of Queen’s Bench. The information Donald provided was both interesting and entertaining.

Donald shared information about both the beliefs of OPCA litigants (Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Arguments) and how they try to transfer these beliefs into the legal systems. OPCA litigants are also referred to as Freeman on the Land, Sovereign Citizens and Detaxers. The court often refers to them as vexatious litigants.

You can find out more about OPCA litigants in this paper titled A Rebellion of Furious Paper: Pseudolaw as a Revolutionary Legal System and in a PowerPoint presentation of the same name which Donald graciously shared with us.

Julie (on behalf of the Edmonton CALL Organizing Committee) announced that they are looking for more presenters for Lightning Talks (i.e. very short talks of 7 minutes or less) 
about library initiatives and other cool things legal information professionals are doing. They will be held Tuesday afternoon, May 28th.

ELLA is looking forward to seeing as many of you as are able to make it to our annual Christmas party next Tuesday, December 18 at the Riverside Bistro. Join us after work to visit and network with your ELLA colleagues!

Congratulations to our November door prize winners: Sophie Song and Miala Evans!! Regular meetings will resume in January.

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Come Celebrate the Season with ELLA!

After work (4:31-7:00ish)
Tuesday, December 18 at
Riverside Bistro

1 Thornton Court (99 Street & Jasper Ave – Marriott Hotel)

ELLA will host appetizers for Members
$10 charge for Non-members

Not a member? You can buy your membership at the party!
Student membership is free! (both Grant MacEwan and U of A)

RSVP to secretary@edmontonlawlibraries.ca by Monday, December 17, 2018

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Presentation on The Sovereign Citizen Pseudo-law Memplex

Edmonton Law Libraries Association invites you to a

Presentation on The Sovereign Citizen Pseudo-law Memplex

Monday, November 26, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Boardroom B2, (Note: NOT the Barristers’ Lounge)
Law Courts Building, Lower Level, beside cafeteria
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square

Come hear Donald Netolitzky, the Complex Litigant Management Counsel for the Court of Queen’s Bench share some of his extensive knowledge of OPCA litigants (Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Arguments) commonly known as Freemen-on-the-Land, Sovereign Citizens, and Detaxers. Many of these litigants are identified as vexatious litigants by the court.

Donald will identify some commonalities between these pseudo-law groups and offer some insight into how to best help them when they become our library patrons.

There will be more door prizes!

Lunch will be provided | $10 Members, $15 Non-Members
Please RSVP to secretary@edmontonlawlibraries.ca by Friday, November 23, 2018

We accept membership applications throughout the year; the dues are the same affordable price that they have always been. Students qualify for free membership.

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ELLA Blog Update – October 2018

Our last meeting meeting was held on October 18. We had a number of new faces, so we started with a round of introductions from everyone while we enjoyed our lunch.
Business of this meeting included:

  • We were notified at this time that long-time, valued ELLA member Jane Parkinson had passed away at the end of September. She will be missed and we extend our condolences to her family.
  • ELLA is looking for suggestions for our annual Christmas party to be held in December. Please forward them to Shane at secretary@edmontonlawlibraries.ca.
  • We are also still looking for Headstart volunteers. Please contact the executive if you have any suggestions or wish to volunteer.
  • This month’s door prizes were won by Jane Symons and Marlice Want. Congratulations!!

After our business was concluded, we headed down to the Queen’s Bench/Provincial Court file room for a tour given by Marcel Lafleche.

Paper is still the only official record for court matters. There is some work in progress to switch to official electronic records, but there are issues around securing the electronic files so that they can’t be altered.

All PC and QB files are kept in the Courthouse for at least five years. They are only moved to the Alberta Records Centre (which stores all Government files) after there has been no activity on the file for five years. After a further retention period (determined by the type of file) the files are moved to the Provincial Archives. They are never destroyed. Retention periods are legislated under the Records Management Regulation (Government Organization Act).

During the time that files are stored in the Courthouse or the Alberta Records Centre, you place your request for a file through the Courthouse. It can take up to two weeks to receive a file from the Alberta Records Centre. Once the files are in the Provincial Archives, you have to make your request for a file through the Archives.

Retention periods for files at the Alberta Records Centre:
· Criminal – 75 years
· Divorce – 65 years
· Civil – 42 years
· Surrogate – 75 years

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Rare Opportunity to Tour Edmonton Courts Record Room

Edmonton Law Libraries Association invites you to

Tour the Edmonton Courts Record Room

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Boardroom B2, (Note: NOT the Barristers’ Lounge)
Law Courts Building, Lower Level, beside cafeteria
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn about the life cycle of court records. Marcel Lafleche, Court Records Disposition Clerk and Assistant Supervisor, will lead us through the basement back rooms of the building and share his extensive knowledge of this administrative clockwork.

We will eat in Boardroom B2 and proceed to the tour from there. And yes, there will be door prizes, again!

Lunch will be provided | $10 Members, $15 Non-Members
Please RSVP to secretary@edmontonlawlibraries.ca by Tuesday, October 16, 2018

We accept membership applications throughout the year; the dues are the same affordable price that they have always been. Students qualify for free membership.

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