Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on technology, research and practice.


Clean Your Smartphone Lens for Sharper Pictures and Better Selfies
Dan Pinnington

For most photographers, a clean and unscratched lens is pretty much an obsession – and it is something that also is critical for getting sharp pictures.
Many smartphone users take an opposite tact and would rarely, if ever, clean their smartphone lenses. Needless the say, the design of most smartphones isn’t exactly conducive to having a clean lens. . . .


Look at the Headnote
Shaunna Mireau

Headnotes – a brief summary, comment, or explanation, often prepared by an editor and pladed at the beginning of a court decision. In the opinion of this librarian – the value added information about a decision that quickly and succinctly gives a hint of it’s relevance to an immediate legal research question. Today’s Tip is a pointer that the definition of headnote applies to CanLII in a new and useful way. . . .

Practice Launched
David Bilinsky & Garry Wise

It may not be a giant step for mankind, but it’s at least a baby step toward the technological modernization of Ontario’s archaic court system. On April 16, 2014, Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General announced the launch of, an online service that lists daily dockets for all Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice courtrooms throughout the province. . . .

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