While full-text judgments are available today in multiple digital and print sources, this was certainly not the case in the early days of Ontario legal publishing. The number of regularly published law reports was small, and the cases they included were selective and primarily from the appellate courts.
Once you’ve mastered the art of deciphering case citations, you’ll find that what initially looked like a jumble of letters and numbers to you is actually very useful legal shorthand. A case citation, properly formatted, can tell you the names of the parties, year, jurisdiction, court level and where to find the decision, all at a glance.Continue reading “Legal Research Survival Guide, Part 8 –Deciphering Case Citations”
A few weeks ago we wrote a blog post about bookplates and casually mentioned British nominate reports. Realizing that it is quite an archaic term, some explanation into their significance and their use in the legal world would be beneficial. Referred to as either nominate or nominative reports, these collections of decisions were usually published by individuals.Continue reading “What are Nominate Reports?”