Research Bites

Research Bites…

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We will be continually adding morsels of legal research tips to this page- click on the heading to read more.


Researching the Charter

Charterpedia is a great starting point for considering claims involving the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It provides information about the purpose of each section of the Charter, the analysis or test developed through case law in respect of the section, and any particular considerations related to it. Each Charterpedia entry cites relevant law, and citations to Supreme Court of Canada decisions are hyperlinked whenever possible.

But What Did That Statute Used to Say?

Often we need to know what a statute said at a particular point in time. One quick way to look up former version of a statute is through BC Laws’ online “Archived Statute Consolidations”, available on the BC Laws’ homepage ( This tool allows you to quickly look at a statute at various points between 1991 and today. While this doesn’t guarantee that you have the exact wording on a particular day (though other parts of BC Laws can), it is one of the fastest ways to see how a statute has changed over time. There is even one for regulations, going back to 2003.

Criminal Law Precedents

Robichaud's Criminal Defence Litigation ( out of Toronto has moved many of its criminal law precedents online for lawyers to access, read, and download for free. While all precedents must be used with care and adapted and revised as appropriate, this database is a great starting point for everything from arrest to sentencing.

Staying Current on Wills and Estates

Hull & Hull LLP, a law firm out of Ontario, has an excellent blog with short, regular updates on substantive and procedural issues. You can subscribe and receive emails of posts to keep up to date on developments in the field. Visit

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