Case law can be found in both free and subscription online sources. The case law content should be the identical for both free and subscription sources.
However, subscription sources provide descriptive headnotes describing the case law, plus more robust value-added features such as tools for finding case law by topic or noting up a case. They also provide a deeper backfile of case law and other decisions.
This page provides quick links to case law databases. For more in-depth help, please see these research guides:
Case Law - Canada - Free Sources
- CanLII Canadian case law and legislation
Case Law - Canada - Subscription Sources
- Westlaw Next Canada: contains LawSource, CriminalSource, andformer BestCase content.
- QuickLaw Canadian law reports
Case Law - International
For United States case law, please view our guide to US Legal Research