Law Basics

Note

If you are an individual researching a personal legal matter may wish to use case law. In addition to your own research, you should also obtain the advice of a qualified legal professional. Determining whether a case can be used as a precedent in a later case often requires detailed analysis of the various facts and legal issues involved, which requires professional legal understanding and advice.

Cases

Court and tribunal decisions together form the primary case law of Canada. They are published in both online databases and print reporters. Not every decision is reported, and many are only available online. 

Court case decisions are those handed down by the federal, provincial, and territorial courts established under the Canadian Constitution. Learn more about the Canadian court system

Administrative tribunal decisions are those handed down by specialized governmental agencies established by federal, provincial, and territorial legislation, to adjudicate on matters arising from their regulatory processes. Learn more about administrative tribunals.

Case Law

Search the fulltext of case decisions by using keywords:

  • Specific facts of a case - what happened, who was involved, dates, times, etc.

  • The legal issues that arise from the facts

Search the fulltext of case decisions by using keywords its actual name, or style of cause.

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