Link Round-Up: May 26, 2017

'Link Round-Up’ gives you a glimpse into the articles that got the most airtime around the Loom Analytics water cooler this week. Published every Friday, article topics include access to justice, big data, legal technology, and what’s happening in the Canadian legal landscape.

  • Canada 150 seems to be on everybody' s mind and to celebrate, Andrew Russell of Global News has shared his list of Canada's seven defining moments in the last 150 years, including the Persons Case of 1929, the introduction of universal health care, and the signing of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • With Canada now undertaking to eliminate 'zombie laws' from the Criminal Code, this list of  Canada's nine oddest laws —including laws against fraudulently practicing witchcraft, "alarming The Queen", and having an animal-drawn sleigh with fewer than two sleigh bells— may soon be on the chopping block.  

Figure 1. Absolutely verboten

Figure 1. Absolutely verboten

"To a jurist or a legal draftsperson, caselaw probably looks like a reliable, elegant way to record what legislation really means, in context. To a programmer, it looks like a collection of bugs, for a program that was badly written in the first place and isn’t being maintained by its authors any more. The programmer then goes looking for the bug-tracker for the criminal code and there isn’t one. At this point their head explodes."