Case Law and the Canadian Abridgement – What Can I Find by Using the Canadian Abridgment?

The print version of the Canadian Abridgment has seven major tools for researching Canadian law.

1. Case Digests

A photo of several supplements to the Canadian Abridgment.

Fig 1.1 Example of the Case Digest Classification Scheme

A drawing explaining the classification scheme.

Don't forget to also check the supplement (shelved next to the hardcopy book) under the same classification code to see if any newer cases are listed. For the most recent months, the Canadian Current Law: Case Law Digests are kept at the Reserve Desk.
By reading the summary of a case, you can quickly determine whether or not you want to read the case in its entirety. By using a digest system such as the Canadian Abridgment, you can also quickly find other cases on the same topic organized under the same classification code. See Fig 1.2.

Fig 1.2 Example of a Case Digest

A photo of a case digest, displaying the case digest number, classification code and catchwords/keywords.

2.The Key & Research Guide / The General Index

A photo of the spine of The Canadian Abridgment.

Fig 1.3

A photo of an entry.

3. Consolidated Table of Cases

A photo of a few books: the Consolidated Table of Cases.

See Fig 1.1 in section 4.2 below for a sample entry.

4. Canadian Case Citations

A photo of the Canadian Case Citations.

See Fig 1.2 in section 4.2 below for a sample entry.

5. Canadian Statute Citations

6. Words and Phrases Judicially Defined in Canadian Courts and Tribunals

7. Index to Canadian Legal Literature

This source was discussed in more detail in the modules on secondary sources and legal periodicals.