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LawSource on Westlaw Canada

LawSource on Westlaw Canada and is the general research product that includes all Canadian cases and legislation, commentary in the form of Canada’s leading legal encyclopedia (Canadian Encyclopedic Digest), as well as journals and law reviews, and case finding tools central to legal research.

Case Law

Westlaw Canada provides you with access to an extensive collection of important cases. You'll find coverage of unreported court decisions from 1986 forward and reported court decisions dating back to 1977. You can also view decisions that were published in Carswell's law reports from their inception and decisions predating 1977 from Westlaw Canada's key courts and law report series.

Collection and highlights include:

  • Full-text Decisions from Carswell Law report Series
  • Full-text Decisions from Canada Law Book Report Series
  • Full-text Decisions from non-Carswell Law Report Series
  • Full-text Decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada and Privy Council
  • Case law enhancements

Full details and listings of available case law can be found in the LawSource Brochure

Access leading editorial tools for the best legal research

KeyCite Canada

KeyCite Canada - case and legislative citator - provides a network of linking from primary law to a wealth of supporting material to help you understand the decision. When you note up a decision with KeyCite Canada, you see not only Canadian case law that has cited the decision you have noted up, but also foreign cases that have cited the decision, Canadian Encyclopedic Digest entries, law review and journal articles, and more.

The Canadian Abridgment

A comprehensive collection of over a million digests of Canadian case law organized by legal issue according to a single taxonomy (The Canadian Abridgment Key Classification System). This collection is exclusive to Thomson Reuters and covers virtually every reported or unreported case received from the courts since 1986, except for Quebec civil law cases.

Canadian Encyclopedic Digest

The C.E.D. is a great place to begin your legal research. It provides you with a clear overview of any legal topic and gives you context to cases and legislation relevant to your issue. Over 225 subjects are listed alphabetically, with sub-topics to pinpoint the area of law you may be interested in. You can also link to Canadian and international cases and equivalent topics in the Canadian Abridgment Digest.

Abridgment eDigests

Electronic case digest designed to help you keep abreast of the latest developments in case law. Delivered right to your desktop and available in a multitude of specific topics. Canadian Abridgment eDigests are available as part of your subscription.

Tribunal Decision Coverage

Access tribunal decisions published in print reporters from 1997 forward, and the full text of all decisions reported in Labour Arbitration Cases since 1948.

Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL)

The ICLL is Canada's only comprehensive legal bibliography, containing books, articles, government publications, audio-visual materials, continuing legal education materials, case comments and annotations (available in English and French). Westlaw Canada provides linking from ICLL references to full text of cases and articles. References are also displayed in KeyCite Canada results.

Words and Phrases

The success of litigation and transactions can depend on the precision of your terminology. Words and Phrases includes over 70,000 Canadian interpretations of over 30,000 terms, making it by far the largest service of its kind available in Canada in any medium.

LawSource Case Notes Newsletter

Released 40 times per year, The LawSource Case Notes newsletter on Westlaw Canada is a sample selection from the weekly summaries of notable civil and criminal court decisions published in Law Times newspaper.

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