Legal Research


CanLII Spring 2019 Updates

Keen observers and users of CanLII may have noticed that things look a little different lately. Last month, the CanLII team wrote about new design changes that were made on the website to help with clarity and consistency. Check out their blog post (linked above) for all the details.

For my money, I think the biggest change that you may want to familiarize yourself with is where to find additional information on decision and legislation pages. You can see on the example below, for a judicial decision, that links (or tabs) to the case history, decisions cited, subsequent case citations, and links to material on CanLII Connects are now available just below the name of the case (or legislation). Previously, these links were tucked in a bit further below.

 

 

 


Compendium of Damages Awarded in Personal Injury Actions Across Ontario, January 1999 – October 2018 Update

The CCLA Compendium of Damages Awarded in Personal Injury Actions Across Ontario has been updated to October 2018! This invaluable guide is a favourite with local litigators, and has been produced for the CCLA for several years under the leadership of The Honourable James Chadwick and with the assistance of students from the University of Ottawa law school.

To check it out, please click here.

For future reference, you can find this publication on the CCLA website under our “Civil Litigation” practice portal.

 


WestlawNext : New CCLA Subscription Additions!

If you’ve been doing any on-site research here at the courthouse recently, you may have noticed some extra additions to our WestlawNext portal! We’ve recently added Employment Source, Estates & Trusts Source, and Labour Source to our online subscriptions, and we’re happy to continue to provide access to Law Source, Family Source, and Criminal Source.

Our new (and old) subscriptions can be accessed through the sidebar when first logging in:

Highlights from these new subscriptions include electronic access to:

Employment Source

  • Canadian Employment Law by Ball
  • Employee Obligations in Canada by D’Andrea
  • Illness and Disability in the Workplace by D’Andrea
  • The Law of Dismissal in Canada, Third Edition by Levitt
  • The Employment Bulletin (Editor: Mark Fletcher)
  • Wrongful Dismissal Quantum Service

Estates & Trusts Source

  • Estates and Trusts Fillable Forms
  • Estate Planning Precedents by Histrop
  • Estate Litigation by Schnurr
  • Ontario Estate Administration Manual by Armstrong
  • WeirFoulds Estates & Trusts Newsletter

Labour Source

  • Canadian Labour Arbitration by Brown & Beatty (Jen can finally live without my incessant nagging to get an electronic version of this!)
  • Canadian Labour Law by Adams
  • Collective Bargaining and Agreement by Corry

As you can see there is a ton of great content in here, so have a look when you have the chance! You must be on-site at the CCLA Library to access these materials through our subscription. We will also be scheduling a WestlawNext training session (in our new training room!) in the near future, so stay tuned for more information on that.

As always, any questions, don’t hesitate to drop us a line.

 


New Lexis Advance Quicklaw Feature: Practice Areas

If you’re a fan of Lexis Advance Quicklaw for your research, you’ll want to take note of this new feature!

 

When you’re on the Quicklaw homescreen, take note of the new tab under “Explore Content” which directs you to “Practice Area.” By clicking on that tab, you’ll pull up a brand new list of practice areas.

 

This list of 10 practice areas (Construction, Criminal, Employment, Family Immigration, Insurance, Labour, Real Estate, Securities, and Wills, Estates, and Trusts) will lead you to a page that allows you to either browse resources in these areas, or perform a search exclusively in materials related to that practice.

 

In the above example, you can see the “Criminal Law” practice area. Searching in the box at the top will just search Criminal primary law (legislation and decisions), criminal law secondary materials (such as textbooks or the Halsbury’s), and criminal drafting materials.

This is a great new feature that allows you to narrow your research down very quickly and easily. We hope you find it useful on your next research task!


CanLII Updates

Over the past few months, there has been a flurry of activity at CanLII. It felt like new materials were being added all the time, so now that it’s back to school time (in our hearts, if not in practice!), let’s take a look at the current commentary offerings from CanLII:

Books and Articles:

So many! New books and titles are being added all the time, so check out this link to see the full list.

Reports and Research Papers:

Again, there are lots! This is another new section of CanLII, and there is a whole lot of great content now available. Check out this link for the full list of reports and research papers.

Journals:

  • Alberta Law Review
  • Appeal Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform
  • Canadian Bar Review
  • Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law
  • Canadian Journal of Human Rights
  • Canadian Law Library Review
  • Canadian Parliamentary Review
  • Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies
  • LawNow Magazine
  • Manitoba Law Journal
  • McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution
  • McGill Journal of Law and Health
  • McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law
  • McGill Law Journal
  • Ottawa Law Review
  • University of New Brunswick Law Journal
  • Western Journal of Legal Studies
  • Windsor Yearbook on Access to Justice

Newsletters:

  • Justice as Healing
  • Long term disability in Ontario
  • Siskinds Class Action Case Review

Finally, if you’re an author and wish to submit material to CanLII, check out the CanLII Authors Program.

 


Research Refresher: Lexis Advance Quicklaw Quantums

I was looking for quantums in Quicklaw last week and realized a) it had been a while since I had done so, and b) I wasn’t entirely sure how to access them anymore! If you’ve never used the quantums in Quicklaw, you might be surprised to learn the scope of what these gather. In the library’s subscription to Quicklaw, you can access quantums for:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Child Support
  • Defamation
  • Dependants’ Relief
  • Matrimonial Property
  • Medical Neligence
  • Property-Related Torts
  • Sentencing
  • Spousal Support
  • Wrongful Dismissal
  • Personal Injury

I checked online to see if Lexis had made any tutorials for using this feature, and thankfully they have! Check out the video below, and next time you need to figure out “how much,” consider popping over to the library to see what Quicklaw has for you.


Related Proceedings on WestlawNext Canada

We’re happy to highlight a very useful feature that has sneakily been added to WestlawNext Canada for a couple months now: related proceedings! You’re likely familiar with the usual case history chart that you can access through the “History” tab on a case, but what you may not have noticed is an extra link detailing the related proceedings.

As you can see in the screenshot below, in the left-hand bar there are the two case histories listed under Direct History, but underneath that is now a link to the Related Proceedings for the case.

 

Clicking on that link brings up a whole new document, detailing and linking to both the direct history and to any related proceedings (applications, interlocutory motions, etc.)  that are available for the case. It lists them in chronological order, as you can see below, so it can be quite helpful when dealing with complicated matters that span multiple years!

 

Related Proceedings summaries such as this have currently been added for Federal, Ontario, PEI, and New Brunswick jurisdictions. You can check the status of the other provinces at their press release here, which Thomson Reuters is updating as content is added.

WestlawNext Canada is available for use on all our library computers, or as always, feel free to get in touch with us if you need something specific!

 


International Materials on Quicklaw Advance

Looking for international materials? While we are quite fortunate here to have access to some great British databases, often times we are asked about American or Australian case law as well. Perhaps lesser-known is that our Lexis Advance subscription has some coverage of these countries also!

To access them, on the left side of the main screen’s search bar you will notice a country flag. By clicking on this it will bring you to a dropdown menu where you can select which country’s materials you would like to search.

 

After you enter a search term, you can also easily navigate between countries through the sidebar where you will see these flags again, for example in the screenshot below. Underneath there is also a nice breakdown of the different types of content available, so you can narrow down your results if you are only interested in a specific type.

 

 

As you can see from this very generic “wrongful dismissal” search, there is quite a lot of international content on there! It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for foreign materials.

 


Even More New on CanLII: Newsletters

Just recently we shared the announcement that CanLII had added law reviews to its databases. In another exciting development, they’ve announced that they have now added newsletters to their growing wealth of secondary materials.

From the Newsletters page of CanLII, you can now review issues of two newsletters that have been shared with CanLII:

  • “Justice as Healing” – published by the Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan
  • Siskinds Class Actions Case Review – published by Siskinds LLP

While these topics may not intersect with your practice, I suspect CanLII is looking to grow the collection of newsletters they can offer to users. If these do add value to your practice, however, enjoy!


Canadian Bar Review: Now Open Access

Yesterday’s post about CanLII now having law reviews recalls another news item from this month that you may have missed.

The Canadian Bar Association has recently made all of the past issues of the Canadian Bar Review available online and open access. To access past articles, no password, credit card, or anything else is required!

To check out the archive of the Canadian Bar Review, click here.