Canadian Legal Research Blog

CanLII adds cases from the Ontario Reports to its collection

With assistance from the Law Society of Upper Canada and LexisNexis Canada, CanLII has added approximately 15,000 cases from the Ontario Reports to its collection.

The announcement from CanLII notes the following benefits to the profession and the public:


New CanLII interface cleanly integrates functionalities of former advanced and database templates

The new CanLII interface is now live. One of the biggest changes is an “everything” search box. Type in a keyword search query, or part or all of a citation, statute name or case name, a docket number, or any …

Proliferation of case law and attempts to address it

Justice Geoff Lindsay of the Supreme Court of New South Wales recently addressed the Australian Law Librarians Association on “The future of authorised law reporting in Australia“. Justice Lindsay

  • refers to the important function of “authorised” law reports

Supreme Court of Canada search results in CanLII Beta

CanLII has always kept Supreme Court of Canada decisions together with Federal Court decisions in search results refined by jurisdiction. A drawback was that a researcher could not easily refine a search to limit the results to the courts of …

Citation rules, law libraries, and access to justice

In reviewing the implications of the recent citation rule changes adopted by the BC Court of Appeal, one consideration that came to mind is the impact on access to justice for the public.

Citation and access to case law

Felsky on effective CanLII research for paralegals

Martin Felsky has published “Legal Research for Better Advocacy: A Practical Guide to Effective CanLII Research for Paralegals”. It is available at

The article is geared to research conducted by paralegals, primarily for use in Small Claims Court. …