Legal Research

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 handed down by the federal, provincial, and territorial courts established under the Canadian Constitution. 

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

Case Law - Comprehensive Sources

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.

With full-text searching you may find you are retrieving too many or too few cases. As an alternative, you may find a case digesting service such as the Canadian Abridgement a useful alternative. The Abridgment provides brief summaries of the facts and issues of a case, plus its citation, which allows you to review many cases in a relatively short time without overly complex searching. This can help you at the beginning of your research, to explore the case law on a topic, or later on as a check to make sure you haven't missed anything.