Case Law and the Canadian Abridgement – Introduction

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Approximate duration: 30 minutes

Description: Learn how case law comes into being, and the importance of legal precedent. Also learn how to use the Canadian Abridgment, the key resource for indexing and organizing Canadian case law.

What Do You know?

Before starting this module, test your baseline knowledge with the following questions. You will receive basic feedback on your answers that will be further explained by the content in the module. Good luck! These questions are just for practice: your results will not be recorded by the system.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Explain how jurisprudence or the body of case law on a topic is compiled;
  • Locate case law using both print and electronic resources;
  • Describe the main features of the Canadian Abridgment and how to use this source to find case law;
  • Explain the importance of noting-up a case.