KeyCite and QuickCite
QuickCite is the case citator on Quicklaw, and KeyCite is the case citator on LawSource. KeyCite tends to add citing cases sooner than QuickCite, but the treatment code is not assigned when the citing case is first added to KeyCite.
The following table sets out the main differences between KeyCite and QuickCite. For more detailed coverage of these distinctions, including the treatment codes used by each citator, see Keep Your Research Current – Case Citators.
CanLII builds links between cases using its RefLex database. This citator does not assign treatment codes. The RefLex database enables users to search on CanLII by citation, to note up cases, and to rank cases by frequency of citation. A list of citing cases can be refined by keyword, jurisdiction or court level, and ranked by date or citation frequency. In addition, an RSS feed can be created that notifies the user whenever there are new cases citing the applicable case or legislation.
Prior to 2010, the RefLex database was based on reporter citations for cases published in several commonly-used case reporters, as well as neutral citations. The RefLex database has never included QL or WL Canada citations. For cases decided after mid-2009, the RefLex database uses only neutral citations.
As a result, for cases decided after mid-2009 the CanLII note-up feature will show only those citing cases in which the cited case appears with a neutral citation, and parallel citations will not be included. Because of these limitations in the RefLex database, CanLII will provide less comprehensive note-up results than KeyCite and QuickCite. It is therefore advisable to do an additional keyword search using distinctive terms from the style of cause of the cited case to complete your note-up on CanLII.
The Related Decisions link shown on each case lists case history for decisions from 2006. It is advisable to go beyond the Related Decisions link to check case history – particularly for cases decided before 2006.
The CanLII hyperlinking tool automatically creates links between citations in a submitted user document and the cited cases and legislation on CanLII. This service is free for up to 1,000 citations per month. It is accessed from the Tools link at the bottom of any page on CanLII. The user must submit the document to CanLII in order for the links to be inserted. The benefit is that the links are built to CanLII’s freely available cases and legislation, rather than proprietary versions on a commercial service.