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.

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