The Supreme Court of Canada and LexUM announced just before Christmas that the Court’s Decisions website now contains all decisions since 1907, and judgments in leave applications since 2006. The collection is updated within minutes of the public release of the judgments by the Court.

“All published judgments since 1876 from cases which were appealed to the SCC from the British Columbia Court of Appeal have been added to the database, courtesy of CanLII and the Law Foundation of BC.  Appeals from the Ontario Court of Appeal, also dating back to 1876, were added to the SCC database last year.”

Click to try the SCC Decisions database

The LexUM site has been the main public source for Supreme Court decisions for 20 years, and is a very useful resource if you are away from the Library, where you will find the Supreme  Court Reports (S.C.R.)  1923 –  shelved on the main floor at Cw Can 100 C90.

For Oxford University staff and students, who have access to HeinOnline, Hein includes SCC decisions from 1876-2011 (as at January 2013).  LexisLibrary carries Supreme Court of Canada Judgments from 1876 to date, and on Westlaw, the CANSCC-CS database contains the full text of documents of all reported Supreme Court of Canada cases, from 1876.

To find out more about Canadian legal resources, you might like to use our Guide to Canadian Law.

Do you ever get frustrated because you can’t remember whether Lloyds Law Reports are on Lexis, Justis or i-law nowadays? Or whether the New South wales Law reports are available electronically? We have a database on our website that provides a quick and easy way to locate a series of law reports or a journal title online. You can find it when you click  here.
Features include the ability to search:

  • just for a jurisdiction
  • part of a title
  • across both journals and law reports
  • by database

The list also displays at a glance the law library’s holdings in paper, and the shelf location. Holdings details have been checked and updated over the summer. This list provides the information for the Holdings List; the 3rd edition will be available before the end of term.

Once ther results are displayed, it is possible to sort the results by any of the fields, and display them in different ways.

And finally, with the display of results, you can click on the database name to be taken straight through to its home page.

Sometimes it is difficult to locate the title of a law report or journal in the catalogue because you don’t know it exactly. That’s when the search facility on the Law Library’s webpage can be useful. On this page you can enter part of a title, and, if we hold it, it will be listed.  To get to this page, go to the homepage and select Law Reports or Law Journals link under the Collections heading.
The added value of this listing is that you can find out where the e-version of the journals/reports can be found, and you can also see the volumes/years we hold for the paper copies of journals.


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