The Ontario government has made the case information for Superior Court of Justice cases available and searchable online. Through their new database The Court Case Search Portal, both civil and criminal cases can be searched by:
- type of case
- name of one of the people involved
- name of one of the businesses involved
- case number
- location of the courthouse where the case is being heard
Though the database does not make available the court documents themselves, it does provide helpful information like:
- court case title
- name of the lawyer representing the person or company
- claim amount (for civil matters)
- date the case was opened
- most recent order type and date (for civil matters)
- next appearance type and date (if a future appearance has been scheduled)
- whether the case is subject to a publication ban
The creation of this database has been a great boon to the legal information industry as it makes information digitally and publicly available that previously was only available by physically visiting the courthouse in which the case had been filed.
All that is needed to gain access to this database is a ONe-key ID. Anyone can register for a ONe-key ID here.