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Find Canadian Case Law

A Case is:

  • a decision a judge renders after hearing all of the arguments in a dispute. The decision may include a lot of detail about the case (key facts, witnesses, etc.), but it does not generally include a script of the actual testimony.
  • Decisions are published in case-law reporters. Some reporters focus on a specific subject (e.g., criminal cases). Others focus on a specific jurisdiction (e.g., Ontario cases regardless of the subject).
  • Not all cases are reported. Significant cases can, however, be published in more than one reporter.
  • Case-law reporters are commonly cited by their abbreviations (e.g., C.R.R. stands for the Canadian Rights Reporter).
Three Ways To Find Citations To Cases

Canadian Case Law Reporters at McMaster

Three Ways to Find Citations to Cases

  • Note key cases cited in footnotes and bibliographies of books and articles on your topic.
  • Use a case digesting service. Examples include:
    Canadian Abridgment MILLS Periodicals
    KE 173.C35
    Canadian Charter of Rights Annotated MILLS Reference KE 4381 .A29C36
    Brown & Beatty's Canadian Labour Arbitration INNIS Reference KE 3206 .B7

Canadian Case Law Reporters at McMaster

Case Law Reporter Online Format Paper Format
Coverage Access via Coverage Location /
Call No.
Alberta Civil Decisions
cited as: Alta. D.
1979-2007 BestCase - -
Alberta Criminal Decisions
cited as: Alta. D. Crim.
1979-2007 BestCase - -
Alberta Judgments
cited as: A.J.
1954- LexisNexis - -
All Canada Weekly Summaries & Decisions
cited as: A.C.W.S.
1977- BestCase - -
British Columbia. Civil Decisions
cited as: B.C.D. Civ.
1977- BestCase - -
British Columbia Criminal Decisions
cited as: B.C.D. Crim.
1977-2007 BestCase - -
British Columbia Labour Arbitration Decisions
cited as: B.C.D.L.A.
1982- BestCase - -
British Columbia Labour Relations Board Decisions
cited as: B.C.L.R.B.
1979- BestCase - -
British Columbia and Yukon Judgments
cited as: B.C.J. and Y.J.
B.C., 1867-
Yukon, 1970-
LexisNexis - -
Canada Industrial Relations Board
cited as: C.I.R.B.
- - 1975-2001 MILLS GovPubs
CA1 L 100-A56
Canadian Criminal Cases
cited as: C.C.C.
1898- BestCase - -
Canadian Human Rights Reporter
cited as: C.H.R.R.
1980- CHRR Online 1980-2004 MILLS Periodicals
KE 4381 .A6C3
Canadian Labour Arbitration Summaries & Decisions
cited as: C.L.A.S.
1986- BestCase - -
Canadian Labour Law Cases
cited as: C.L.L.C.
1946- BusinessWorks - -
Canadian Labour Relations Board Reports
cited as: C.L.R.B.R.
- - 1974 - MILLS Periodicals
KE .C4
Canadian Rights Reporter
cited as: C.R.R.
- - 1982- MILLS Periodicals
JC 599 .C3C36
Charter of Rights Decisions
cited as: C.R.D.
1961-2007 BestCase - -
Criminal Reports
cited as: C.R.
- - 1967-1992 MILLS Periodicals
KE .C752
Dominion Law Reports
cited as: D.L.R.
1912- DLR Plus
1912-2008 MILLS Periodicals
K .D65
Exchequer Court Reports
cited as: Ex. C.R.
1877-1971 LexisNexis 1875-1970 MILLS GovPubs
CA1 J 41-C13
Federal Court of Appeal Decisions
cited as: F.C.A.D.
1980-1999 BestCase - -
Federal Court of Canada
cited as: F.C.A. (Appeal Division)
cited as: F.C.T. (Trial Division)
cited as: Fed. Ct. Appeal and Fed. Ct. Trial in LexisNexis
1997-2004 CanLII: (Appeal Division)
CanLII: (Trial Division)
- -
Federal Court Judgments
cited as: F.C.J.
LexisNexis - -
Federal Court Reports
cited as: F.C. , C.F. and F.C.R.
1992 -
1971 -
Federal Court of Canada
Federal Judicial Affairs
1971- MILLS GovPubs
CA1 J 65-F21
Jugements du Quebec
cited as: J.Q.
1973- LexisNexis - -
Labour Arbitration Cases
cited as: L.A.C.
1948- BestCase 1948-2001 MILLS Periodicals
HD 5507 .L2
Land Compensation Reports 1971- BestCase - -
The Lawyers Weekly Digests
cited as: T.L.W.D.
1986- LexisNexis - -
Manitoba Civil Decisions
cited as: Man. D.
1978-1999 BestCase - -
Manitoba Criminal Decisions
cited as: Man. D. Crim.
1978-1999 BestCase - -
Manitoba Judgments
cited as: M.J.
1960- LexisNexis - -
NAFTA Panel Review Decisions
1995- LexisNexis - -
New Brunswick Judgments
cited as: N.B.J.
1995- LexisNexis - -
Newfoundland and Labrador Judgments
cited as: N.J.
1952- LexisNexis - -
Nova Scotia Judgments
cited as: N.S.J.
1969- LexisNexis - -
Ontario Judgments
cited as: O.J.
1823- LexisNexis - -
Ontario Labour Relations Board Reports
cited as: O.L.R.B.R.
2000 - CanLII 1961- MILLS GovPubs
CA2 ON LR-054
Ontario Municipal Board Reports
cited as: O.M.B.R.
1972- BestCase 1982-2008 MILLS Periodicals
KEO 866.4 .M86
Ontario Reports
cited as: O.R.
1931- LexisNexis 1901-1959
1960 -

MILLS Periodicals
KE. O62a
Pay Equity Reports
cited as: P.E.R.
1990- Pay Equity
Hearings Tribunal
1990- MILLS GovPubs
CA2 ON L270-P22
Prince Edward Island Judgments
cited as: P.E.I.J.
1908- LexisNexis - -
Privy Council Judgments
1873-1959 LexisNexis - -
Public Service Labour Relations Board
cited as: P.S.L.R.B.
formerly Public Service Staff Relations Board
cited as: P.S.S.R.B.
1996- Public Service Labour
Relations Board
1982-2004 MILLS GovPubs
CA1 CS 25-D21
Recueil des decisions des Cour federales
cited as: F.C.R. and R.C.F.
1971- LexisNexis 1971- MILLS GovPubs
CA1 J 65-F21
Saskatchewan Civil Decisions
cited as: Sask. D.
1980-2007 BestCase - -
Saskatchewan Criminal Decisions
cited as: Sask. D. Crim.
1980-2007 BestCase - -
Saskatchewan Judgments
cited as: S.J.
1959 - LexisNexis - -
Supreme Court of Canada Decisions
cited as: S.C.C.D.
1978 - BestCase - -
Supreme Court of Canada Judgments
cited as: S.C.J.
Current only
Supreme Court of Canada
- -
Supreme Court Reports
cited as: S.C.R.
1867- MILLS GovPubs
CA1 J21 - L16
Tax Court of Canada Judgments
cited as: T.C.C.
Tax Court of Canada
- -
Weekly Criminal Bulletin Decisions
cited as: W.C.B.
1977- BestCase - -
Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal Reporter
cited as: W.S.I.A.T. Reporter
formerly Workers' Compensation Appeals Tribunal Reporter
cited as: W.C.A.T. Reporter
1985- Workplace Safety &
Insurance Appeals Tribunal
1990- MILLS GovPubs
CA2ONL 250-R27

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Last Reviewed: August 26, 2008