LEGAL RESEARCH TOOLBOX

Find Legal Help

This section describes services that can help you to find a lawyer in Alberta. It also lists organizations that can provide legal information and assistance.

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Find Legislation

This section details resources that provide access to the legislation of federal and provincial jurisdictions of Canada as well as foreign and international jurisdictions.

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Find Cases

The Canadian legal system uses both legislation created by Parliament and the provincial legislatures and cases decided by judges as important sources of law. Formal decisions of judges are published in printed law reports. These decisions will often provide an interpretation and application of the legislation. Note that not every decision is reported and formally published.

Court decisions can be found both online and in print format, called law reports. Published law reports may be organized by geography (e.g. Alberta Reports, Western Weekly Reports) or by subject matter (e.g. Motor Vehicle Reports, Canadian Criminal Cases). The Supreme Court of Canada has its very own reports series, the Supreme Court Reports.

Law reports are mainly held by law libraries. Sometimes larger public libraries hold some law reports, but this is uncommon. For most provinces, decisions from about the late-1990s onwards are available online for free.

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Find Articles

Alberta Law Libraries carries a rich suite of print and online-access law reviews and journals, as well as annual publications and conference proceedings, which provide a wealth of articles on legal topics.

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Find Forms and Precedents

Precedents are samples of common legal documents. These include legal agreements, court pleadings, court forms, and many other types of documents. In the case whereby a Canadian source does not provide the required information, American or British sources may be applied. Note that very few sources provide precedents online for free.

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