This Digest of cases related to the Charter is edited with commentaries by Graham Garton, Q.C., Department of Justice. It is organized according to the sections of the Charter for easy navigation.
Decisions made by the courts in the cases presented to them (also called judgments) provide an interpretation and application of legislation (the written laws) as well as a record of precedents (how previous decisions may guide a current decision). The resources in this section can be used to find written reports of court decisions.
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The Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) is a not-for-profit organization initiated by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. CanLII's goal is to make primary sources of Canadian law accessible for free on the Internet. CanLII seeks to gather legislative and judicial texts, as well as legal commentaries, from federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions on a single Web site.
This webpage from Ted Tjaden's Legal Research and Writing website provides access to information about and links to Canadian case law, as well as links for those jurisdictions that provide online access to court dockets.
The Lexum collection contains the Supreme Court of Canada judgments since 1907 and judgments in leave applications since 2006. The collection is updated within minutes of the public release of the judgments by the Court.
From the Great Library of the Law Society of Upper Canada, this guide provides annotated links to case law as well as case-related services and information available mainly on the websites of Canadian courts and administrative tribunals.
The Tax Court of Canada is the youngest superior court in Canada. The Court’s jurisdiction includes the hearing of appeals from assessments under the Income Tax Act, the Excise Tax Act (Goods and Services Tax “GST”), the Employment Insurance Act and the Canada Pension Plan, among others. The website gives access to the court judgments as well as providing information for people who plan to represent themselves at the court.