Judicial decisions from Canadian courts, which include the reasons for the
decision, are written by the presiding judge(s) and made available through Case
Law Reports or electronically through commercial databases or free websites.
The following list contains the commonly-known reporter series in print as well
as links to electronic sources and special reference materials.
Supreme Court Reports
Decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada.
Citation Example R. v. Hodgson
,  2 S.C.R. 449.
Cases on the Law of Torts
Torts decisions from across the country.
Law Estate v. Simice (1995), 27 C.C.L.T.(2d)127
Citation Example: R. v. Gostick (1999), 137 C.C.C. (3d), 53 (Ont.
Canadian Legal Information Institute
The CanLII Web site, designed by LexUM, is an initiative of the Federation of
Law Societies of Canada to provide primary Canadian legal materials (case law
and legislation) via the Internet. Other similar initiatives include Cornell
University's Legal Information Institute, Australia's AUSTLII web site and the
UK's BAILII web site.
Citation Example: Calgary (City) v. Calgary Police Assn. (1997),
145 D.L.R. (4th) 221 (Alta. C.A.).
Federal Court of
Canada Website: Decisions
Citation Example: Friends of the Oldman River Society v. Canada
(Minister of Transport),  1 F.C. 248 (T.D.).
Citation Example: McMillan v. McMillan (1999), 44 O.R. (3d) 139
Supreme Court of Canada website
Includes news releases, weekly bulletins, and recent judgments.
Canadian Abridgment. 3rd ed. Ongoing Updates.
The core of The Abridgment is a collection of case digests, or summaries, of
issues decided by Canadian courts and administrative tribunals from the early
1800s to the present. (Also included, since 1987, are unreported Court of
Appeal cases and since 1996, unreported superior court cases.) The Abridgment
Case Digests is the most efficient tool for finding Canadian cases on an area
of law, a particular legal issue or a specific fact situation.
The set is organized by subject according to the Abridgment's Key
classification system. This new, third edition, is still in the process of
replacing the 2nd edition.
The Canadian Abridgment is comprised of:
- Key & Research Guide
Canadian Case Digests (main set)
Consolidated Table of Cases (search by case name)
Index to Canadian Legal Literature (search for journal articles)
Cases Judicially Considered (cases which discuss other cases)
Statutes Judicially Considered (cases which discuss statutes)