Case Law and the Canadian Abridgement – Commercial and Legal Information Institute Databases

Another important method for locating case law are online databases or commercial services such as LexisNexis Quicklaw or Westlaw Canada. These research tools allow you to search for case law by style of cause, subject and more.
CanLII, the Canada Legal Institute ( makes available a good selection of Canadian case law at no charge.

Similarly, the LexUM project in partnership with the Supreme Court of Canada ( provides a similar service free of charge.