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AdmiraltyLaw.com

This site focuses on Canadian maritime and admiralty law, and is maintained by Christopher J. Giaschi of the Vancouver law firm Giaschi & Margolis. The subject is divided into categories, listed on the left, and within each category are case summaries, prefaced by an introduction. The relevant Canadian statutes are reproduced and there is a selection of papers and speeches by various authors. There are links to maritime law sites, and some more general ones, from many countries.

Canada Gazette

The Canada Gazette is Canada’s official newspaper, divided into three parts: Part I, Notices and proposed regulations; Part II, Regulations; Part III, Acts of Parliament. This site contains Gazettes for 1998 onwards. To browse by year select “Publications”. The Canada Gazette is available in both pdf and html format. The pdf version is regarded as official from 2003 onwards. Earlier Gazettes will be found on the archive site, A Nation’s Chronicle.

CanLII

CanLII is the Canadian Legal Information Institute, a gateway site developed by LexUM (University of Montreal) for the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Federal and provincial case law and legislation may be searched or browsed individually, or the whole database searched.

Doing Legal Research in Canada

This guide to legal research and sources of law (print and online, with links where applicable) was written by Ted Tjaden when holding the post of Co-ordinator, Information Services at the Bora Laskin Law Library, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. It is an updated version, published on the LLRX.com web site April 2008.

Federal Court of Canada

The Federal Court is Canada’s national trial court, in succession to the Exchequer Court. The web site provides information on the history, administration and personnel of the court. For court rules and practice guides, select “Court process and procedures” and for hearing lists and case histories select “Court files”. There are full text decisions from December 1990 onwards, although coverage is very selective before 1997.

Global Affairs Canada: Treaty Law Division

This site is maintained by the Treaty Section of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. It provides information on (and in some cases the text of) treaties entered into by Canada, whether bilateral, multilateral or plurilateral. There is in addition a lengthy chapter on treaty practice and procedure.

Government of Canada

The Government of Canada site provides links to all Canadian government department and agency web sites and to the official web sites of the provinces and territories of Canada.

Justice Laws Website

This Canadian government site includes Constitution; Consolidated Statutes and Regulations, texts of which have, since 2009, been deemed “official” and may be used in evidence; annual statutes 2001 onwards; Table of Public Statutes updated to November 2016; Table of Private Acts 1867 to December 2015; Consolidated Index of Statutory Instruments to June 2016; also general information on legislative programme.

Law Commission of Canada

The Commission was established by the Canadian government in 1997 to provide independent advice on the improvement, modernisation and reform of the law of Canada. Its research and findings are presented thematically rather than chronologically and include research papers, final reports and links to relevant resources originating in the various Canadian provinces as well as in foreign jurisdictions. NB: The Law Commission of Canada lost its funding in 2006 and no further publications have been added to the web site; this is an archived version.

LegalPubs.ca

LegalPubs.ca is an RSS-driven aggregation of the most recent products offered by Canadian legal publishers, set up by Steve Matthews. Publications can be viewed as a single reverse-chronological list, otherwise there are separate feeds available for each publisher.

Legaltree

Legaltree is a collaboratively built web site combining three elements: a very extensive collection of “Research links and resources” (compiled by the site administrators), “User contributed content” in the form of articles and case comments, and “Syndicated content” (news and recent cases).

Nation’s Chronicle: the Canada Gazette

The Canada Gazette is the official publication in which Acts of Parliament, subsidiary legislation and government notices appear. This project of Library and Archives Canada (the Canadian national library) aims to provide a searchable database of the entire archive of issues from 1841 to 1997, based on digital scans of the original paper parts or of the microfilms. Searches can be narrowed to specific types of Gazette issue, for instance annual indexes.

Osgoode Hall Law Journal

This scholarly journal has been published by Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, since 1958. The web site contains a complete archive of previous articles in pdf. These are browsable by author, title or volume, and there is a search facility.

Osgoode Hall Law School Library: Research Guides

Osgoode Hall Law Library provides this clearly laid-out collection of Canadian legal links, covering research guides and gateways, legislation, courts and case law, government, news, law schools, law societies, firms and publishers.

Overview of Sources of Canadian Law on the Web

This is a revised (December 2003) update of a resource guide published on the LLRX.com web site and covering: Comprehensive sites and research guides, Statutes and regulations, Case law, and Governments. The author is Louise Tsang, reference librarian at Georgetown University Law Library, Virginia, USA and previously of York University Law Library, Toronto. There are hypertext links to the internet resources mentioned.

Parliament of Canada

The Canadian Parliament web site includes current Bills, which can be tracked using the “LEGISinfo” facility; also Hansard, substantive reports of committees, information on Senators and MPs and on the history and procedure of Parliament. Coverage is from 2001 onwards for both Hansard and LEGISinfo.

Queen’s University Library: Canadian Legislation Table

This page provides links, in tabular form, to Canadian Federal and provincial legislation, bills, official gazettes, debates and legislatures; also (though this is not reflected in the title) courts.

Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court’s web site gives an account of the history, role, composition and administration of the court, information on pending cases and the full text of the Court’s rules. Judgments from 1876 onwards (incomplete up to 1907) and judgments in leave applications since 2006 are available via the LexUM site.

Uniform Law Conference of Canada

The Conference was founded in 1918 to harmonize the laws of the provinces and territories of Canada, and where appropriate the federal laws as well. It also makes recommendations for changes to federal criminal legislation based on identified deficiencies, defects or gaps in the existing law, or based on problems created by judicial interpretation of existing law. The site contains proceedings of all annual meetings (proceedings from before 1994 are in a separate database), study papers, discussion documents and a selection of uniform statutes recommended for enactment by the provinces, territories and sometimes the federal government. Uniform statutes that have been adopted are set out in tabular form.