Shaunna Mireau on Canadian Legal Research

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November 24, 2009

Tribunal decision sources

It is hard to know the best source for judicial and administrative decisions. The Library Staff at Field keep the Internet links portion of our Intranet up to date with the current sources for the usual suspects (Alberta Courts, SCC, the OIPC site for Alberta, etc.).

One collection of material that is important to us is decisions from administrative bodies and tribunals. Historically, the best source for tribunal decisions was Quicklaw. LexisNexis Quicklaw is still a good source of decisions from tribunals, but it is no longer the sole source for this material.

In our digital world, it is easy for tribunals to publish decisions on their websites. It is not difficult to have a search function for the decisions. If the function doesn't exsit on their site, an advanced google search for keywords within the domain is often successful. An example:

order "employee" "personal information" PIPA

In Canada, we are extremely lucky to have CanLII. CanLII has a growing collection of tribunal decisions and they frequently add new collection sources. For Alberta, the list of tribunal sources includes:
Happy hunting



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