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Search syntax for court websites

FUNCTION COURTS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA SUPREME COURT OF CANADA FEDERAL COURT OF CANADA
COVERAGE BCSC and BCCA decisions since 1990 with many older decisions SCC decisions since 1907 Federal Trial Division and Court of Appeal decisions since 1993
TEMPLATE AND FIELD SEARCHING Can restrict search by court, date, judge and docket.


Can search by neutral citation or case name.

Simple search template permits search by keyword, name or citation. Cases can also be accessed using lists organized by date, name and subject.


Advanced search template permits search by name of case, citation, parties, judges, date and subject classification.


Advanced search template has options to search for all words, phrase, any words, or without certain words.

Simple search template permits search by keyword, name or citation. Cases can also be accessed using lists organized by date and name.


Advanced search template permits search by name of case, citation, and date.


Advanced search template has options to search for all words, phrase, any words, or without certain words.

PHRASE no quotations required unless phrase contains a connector use template use template
AND AND use template use template
OR OR use template use template
NOT AND NOT use template use template
SPACE defaults to phrase search
PROXIMITY NEAR finds words within 50
PLURALS regular plurals searched for when using singular form and vice versa regular plurals searched for when using singular form and vice versa regular plurals searched for when using singular form and vice versa
TRUNCATION *
WORD FORMS ** searches for word variants automatically searches for word variants automatically searches for word variants
PARENTHESES permitted
ORDER OF EVALUATION phrase
parentheses
or
and