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Major compilations of common law case law freely available on the web.
Offers Canadian Federal and Provincial primary legal material such as legislation and full-text decisions. Searchable by case name, year or full-text keyword.
FederalSupreme Court of Canada Decisions
Provided through a joint project between the Supreme Court and the Centre de Recherche en Droit Public at the University of Montréal, this site offers a fully searchable bilingual database of Supreme Court decisions which currently goes back to 1985. The database is searchable either by way of an index to the Supreme Court Reports or a keyword or concept search.Federal Court
This site provides access to all the decisions and case digests published in the Federal Court Reports from 1993. The Federal Court Reports is the official reporter series for the Federal Court and covers most of the cases decided by both the Trial and Court of Appeal divisions. The database is searchable either through an index to the Federal Court Reports or a full-text keyword search. Also available are the Federal court Rules (1998) and the previous version of the Rules of the Federal Court (1978). Since April 1, 2001, the Federal Court of Canada began to publish its recent decisions on its own website.Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada
The Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada hears appeals from courts martial which are military courts established under the National Defence Act. These tribunals hear cases under the Code of Service Discipline found in Part III and Part VII of the National Defence Act. Decisions are available from 1997 onwards.Electronic Library of Employment/Unemployment Insurance Jurisprudence
This site provides access to a database of all of the jurisprudence issued over the last fifty year period on U.I./E.I. matters. The database contains over 40,000 Umpire Decisions, including those decisions that are not published in the official CUB reports. The search engine allows keyword searches.Canadian International Trade Tribunal
Selected Tribunal decisions beginning from 1989 are made available on this site. The Tribunal is the main administrative body responsible for the investigations of complaints related to unfair trade practices. In addition to conducting dumping, subsidy and procurement investigations, the Tribunal is the initial forum of review for decisions made by the Department of National Revenue under the Customs Act, the Excise Tax Act and the Special Import Measures Act. The decisions are indexed yearly by Appeal Number.Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
This site provides access to the decisions of this administrative Tribunal beginning from 1979. The database is searchable either through an alphabetical index of complainants, by the year of the decision, or by a keyword search. The Tribunal is responsible for hearing complaints arising under the Canadian Human Rights Act (ie. only cases relating to discrimination).Alberta Judgment Database
This database contains all judgments issued by the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Court of Queen's Bench since January 1998. It is fully searchable.Alberta Securities Commission
Includes policies, legislation, enforcement orders, information on capital markets and investor alerts. Searchable by keyword.Reasons for Judgment Database
This database contains the full-text decisions of the B.C. Court of Appeal and the B.C. Supreme Court, both as of 1990. Decisions are accessed through a content query or by date. Provincial Court judgments are also available.British Columbia Securities Commission
The British Columbia Securities Commission is the independent provincial government agency responsible for regulating securities trading in British Columbia. Text of recent decisions (1997 onwards) is accessible by way of the search options at the top of the screen. Search is by an index of party names or keyword.Manitoba Securities Commission
This database is searchable by keyword. Enforcement orders and decisions date back to December 1999. Also included are Provincial Court cases involving securities.Newfoundland Courts
Supreme Court of Newfoundland (Court of Appeal) decisions date from January 2001; Provincial Court decisions date from March 2001. Searchable by name, year or keyword.Northwest Territories Courts
Contains Court of Appeal decisions dating from 1994, Supreme Court from May 2001 and Territorial from June 2001.
Fulltext settlement agreements date back to July 2001. Searchable by keyword.Nova Scotia Securities Commission
Recent orders, Rules & Notices can be found in the "What's New" section.Law News Online
Law News Online provides access to digests of Nova Scotia Court decisions (primarily Supreme and Appeal) since the July 1997 issue (vol. 23 no.1) of Nova Scotia Law News. Digests are loaded as they become available. Full text of the decisions (January 1999 to date) are now available. (After conducting a search select full text from the drop down menu.)Nunavut Court Judgments
Via the CanLII website. Contains all decisions rendered by the Nunavut Court of Justice since June 1999. Indexed by case name, year or searchable by keyword.Ontario Court of Appeal
Contains the full-text of decisions rendered since June 1998. The database is searchable via a full-text search for a word, phrase, or free-text query (which finds pages that match the meaning, not the exact wording of the query).
The FSCO regulates insurance, pensions, credit unions, caisses populaires, cooperatives, mortgage brokers and loan & trust companies.
Summaries of key legal proceedings before both the Board of Enquiry and the Courts, from 2000 to 2005. The summaries are very brief and are prepared by the staff of the Human Rights Commission. Searchable by keywords.
The LAT is a consolidation of four appeal boards - the Child and Family Services Review Board, the Commercial Registration Appeal Tribunal, the Licence Suspension Appeal Board and the Private Vocational School Review Board. Decisions are searchable by year (1997 onwards). Also available are the enabling legislations.
The Securities Commission provides access to the fulltext of all written reasons for decision that have been issued since January 1, 1997. The drop-down menu on the right side of the screen will give you access to the reports of all oral decisions and settlement agreements that have been issued since January 1, 1997.
Legislation is administered by the Registrar of Securities at the Department of Community Affairs & Attorney General.
From January 1997. Written decisions of the Appeal Court and the Trial Division Courts of PEI. Searchable by fulltext. Judgments are promptly posted.
Official website for PEI Courts. Searchable database contains selected fulltext decisions of the Supreme Court of PEI since January 1, 1997. May search by any combination of date, area of law and keyword.
The Tribunal is responsible for hearing cases arising under Quebec's Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. Rulings are now only available on CanLII. However, the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms is available on this site. Searchable via keyword, case name or judgment year (1991 onwards).
Rulings are available only in French. Also includes Rulings Handed Down by the Securities Market Regulation Superintendant
This site provides fees, registration and investor information, legislation, enforcements, corporate finance and exemptions. Enforcement decisions date back to 1999; orders to 1993. The site is searchable by keyword.
Provides access to a list of all Acts administered by Saskatchewan Justice
Maintains a database of fulltext judgments which is fully searchable. Judgments are loaded online within 24 to 48 hours of receipt. Provides judgments from the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, Court of Queen's Bench, and Provincial Court from 1994 to date. Recent judgments from the last three months are also available fulltext.
Legislation is administered by the Registrar of Securities.AustLII
Provides access to Australian primary legal materials (legislation, treaties and decisions of courts and tribunal). AustLII also carries a collection of journals and special projects.Scaleplus
The legal information retrieval system of the Attorney General's Department consists of an impressive assortment of databases covering Australian Federal and State level legislation and case law. The court and tribunal decision databases include the High Court of Australia (1903-), the Federal Court (1976-), the Family Court (1988-), the National Native Tribunal (1994-), as well as the Supreme Courts of six of the States (coverage commencing between 1987 and 1995). Historical legislation is also included. For those accustomed to using commercial legal databases an advanced search template allows you to restrict your searches to a variety of document fields. A user's manual can be accessed by clicking on the "help" button located on the left hand side of the screen.
Accesses cases, legislation and selected secondary legal resources from England and Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and the UK. The database is searchable either by case name, year or keyword.
Maintained by Her Majesty's Stationary Office, this site provides access to the judgments of the House of Lords beginning November 14, 1996. The database is searchable either by case name index or full-text keyword.
Maintained by the National Infomatics Centre, this site allows access to the full-text decisions of the Supreme Court starting from May 1998. The cases are accessible by subject index. The site also includes an index of important Supreme Court decisions going back to 1950. Text is in English.
Selected Court of Appeal decisions from 1988. Fully searchable.
Hosted by the University of Witwatersrand Law School, this site provides access to Constitutional Court decisions starting from June 1995, Supreme Court of Appeal, Land Claims Court and Labour Court decisions as well as documents from the South African Law Commission. The cases are indexed by date and party name and the decisions can also be accessed by key-word search.
A collection of recent full-text judgments, legislation, treaties, conventions and agreements from countries in the South Pacific region. These collections are works in progress. An initiative of the School of Law at the University of the South Pacific with assistance from AustLII. The site allows keyword and Boolean searches.
The Zambia Legal Information Institute at the Law School of the University of Zambia provides access to selected full-text decisions of the above named courts, as well as statutes and other legal materials of the Republic of Zambia, such as the Constitution. The cases are indexed by year as well as by subject matter.The collection also includes legal commentary, a legal directory, and finally, information about the University of Zambia School of Law.United States
A collection of recent and historic Supreme Court decisions provided by the LII at Cornell. This database contains decisions of the Supreme Court from 1990 to the present, plus selected decisions from the founding of the Court up to 1990. In addition the site contains over 580 of the most important historical decisions of the Court (accessible through an alphabetical index).
Provides full text of U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Bankruptcy.
Text of SEC enforcement actions from September 20, 1995.
State Level Courts
Maintained by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell, this site provides access to constitutions, legislation, judicial opinions, regulations and other agency material, and other state legal resources. Currency is from 1997 or 2000 to present. The materials are simple to access as each state page shares an identical format. Links are provided to Supreme Court and Court of Appeal divisions for most of the States. However, the scope of the coverage varies greatly depending on which jurisdiction you are searching as the decision databases are maintained by a variety of unrelated organizations, including law schools, law firms and the Courts themselves.
A comprehensive listing of Courts of countries around the world maintaining a presence on the Internet. Provided and maintained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Database of Supreme Court decisions searchable by keyword. Text in Portugese.
Text of Constitutional Court Decisions from 1951. Text is in German.
English-language abstracts of select Federal Constitutional Court decisions, currently going back to 1993. Part of the Law Related Internet Project at the University of Saarland.
The law firm of esb Rechtsanwälte provides access to the full text of German High Court Decisions, beginning from December 1996. Text is in German.
Maintained by the Institute of European and Comparative Law at Oxford University, the German Law Archive publishes selected cases, statutes, literature and bibliographies on German law. Text is in English.
Developed and maintained by the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law and the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII), the site contains court and tribunal judgments, legislation, treaties and Hong Kong Law Reform Commission publications.
Contains penal and constitutional decisions. Text is in Italian.
Contains selected Supreme Court opinions in English.
This site consists of a comprehensive list of those Latin American and Carribean Courts which maintain sites on the internet.
Searchable database of Supreme Court decisions. Text is in Spanish.
Produced by the University of the South Pacific School of Law with assistance from AustLII, this site offers cases, legislation and other Pacific Island legal materials such as treaties and conventions. This site is a work in progress.
This site provides access to selected decisions of the Constitutional Court from 1992, the Constitution, the Constitutional Court Act and Rules of Procedure. In addition this site provides links to the East European Case Reporter of Constitutional Law, case law of other judicial institutions with the functions of judicial review and projects relating to the constitutional/judicial review function.