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Legal Research


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 Part 1 (7 slides, approx 6 mins), Case Law Part 2 (8 slides, approx 7 mins). Self-paced with voice over. Click on the Notes tab to read the transcript. Full series of UA Library law tutorials available at Legal Research: An Introduction