Case Law and the Canadian Abridgement – Case Digests

Reading summaries or digests of cases is another effective strategy for locating case law.
A number of publications provide summaries or digests of Canadian cases, including:

See fig 1.1 for an example, taken from the Canadian Abridgment.

Fig 1.1 Example of a case digest

A photo of a case digest.

A digest or summary of a case allows you to quickly determine whether reading the case in full will be useful or not. At the end of the summary, you will always find the citation to the full text, which you can then retrieve either online or in paper.