Duhaime's Legal Citations

CanLII - Canadian Legal Information Institute


2001 to date.

A generic Canadian legal citation assigned by the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) to all cases electronically published on it's website hosted at the headquarters of CanLII, in Montreal, Quebec, at www.canlii.org.

CanLII (in French, also CanLII, l'Institut canadien d'information juridique), is owned and operated by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

CanLII will defer to an Internet or database-ready legal citation if available. But they will publish any Canadian decision they think merits public availability and the absence of a legal citation will be met with a CanLII citation.

For example, the 2002 decision of the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons Re Holder is assigned 2002 CanLII 49393.

Or, during that brief period of time after the advent of the Internet but before the court's recognized and implemented a system of Internet-based publication of their judgments, CanLII citations were assigned to cases, such as this 1999 BCSC case, Bell v Bell 1999 CanLII 6620.

The CanLII citation has some disadvantages the most notable being that the Provincial judicial or quasi-judicial jurisdiction is not readily apparent from the citation.

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