Using CanLII – Locating Legislation and Case Law

CanLII lets you execute basic and advanced keyword searches, and includes several options and "fields” in its search templates. You can restrict your findings to a particular jurisdiction database or limit your results to either court cases or legislation, by unchecking certain boxes or clicking the corresponding buttons.

Fig 1.1: CanLII Search Template

A screenshot of CanLII's search page.

CanLII uses the same Boolean operators and connectors that you learned about in an earlier module. To review these search tools while using CanLII, click on the " ? " found at the right of each search box. See Fig 1.1.

There are two unique aspects of CanLII's search engine you should note: