Case law: Legal information resources


Case law can be found in both free and subscription online sources. The main body of 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 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. 
New for 2022: CanLII is now providing AI-generated subjects (e.g.,  conviction, criminal, residential tenancies, rights and freedoms, etc.) for case law from select provinces. Watch for further developments from CanLII.

Library guides

This page provides quick links to case law databases. For more in-depth help, please see these research guides:

Case law - Canada - Free sources

* =predecessor to the Federal Court of Canada

 Case law - Canada - Subscription sources

Case law - International