Westlaw China is Now Available at U of T Law

March 1, 2011

The library has recently purchased a subscription to Westlaw China.  This database is made up of  five sections:

Laws and Regulations more than 10,000 in English and over 700,00 in Chinese
Legal Topics:  full text legislation and commentary which explains and describes 11 major legal topics covering more than 5,773 legal issues
Case Headnotes in English as well as 374,632 cases from the Supreme People’s Court and local courts in 31 provinces, municipalities directly under the Central Government and autonomous regions, as well as special courts such as maritime courts in Chinese
Abstracts of Journal articles in English and full text articles in Chinese
Current Awareness which is updated a number of times daily using information gleaned from legislation, books and journals, commentaries, courts and cases, government policies, law firm bulletin, news, proposed legislation and statistics.

Access is available via computers at the Faculty of Law and the Bora Laskin Law Library only.


The UK Statute Law Database

March 3, 2010

Looking for UK Statutes.  Check out the UK Statute Law Database. The UK Statute Law Database  is the official revised edition of the primary  and secondary legislation of the United Kingdom.  The database covers revised statutes that were formerly included in Statutes in Force from 1991 as well as those formerly included in The Northern Ireland Statutes Revised from January 2006.

‘Primary legislation’ includes:

  • Acts of the UK Parliament
  • Acts of the pre-UK Parliaments
  • Acts of the Scottish Parliament
  • Measures of the National Assembly for Wales
  • Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly (and other primary legislation for Northern Ireland)
  • Church of England Measures (legislation for the established church in England passed by the General Synod of the Church of England)

‘Secondary legislation’  includes

  • Statutory Instruments
  • Scottish Statutory Instruments
  • Welsh Statutory Instruments
  • Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
  • Church Instruments
  • Bye-laws

The database enables the researcher to:

  • View amended legislation as it has changed over time
  • See how legislation will be affected by amendments not yet in force
  • See how legislation has been amended for different jurisdictions
  • Navigate links between affecting and affected legislation
  • Search the text of legislation for words and phrases

New Title: Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law

November 3, 2009

Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law

This new resource from Hein Online provides U of T students with access to  huge collection of resources. These resources include searchable PDF versions of  publications from the Selden Society and Harvard’s Ames Foundation as well as the English Reports ( 1220-1694), the Statutes of the Realm (1235-1713), and collections of early English legal classics and scholarly law review articles on the subject.

The Selden Society is a ‘learned society devoted to the history of English Law.” Each year the Society publishes a volume of reprints of  original legal sources; including early law reports, courts’ records, judges’ notebooks, legal treatises, precedent and practice books. The source material is accompanied by a modern English translation. The Ames Foundation, has also published a number of reprints including the Year Books of Richard II and Lex mercatoria.

The collection also includes:

  • Fitzherbert’s Grand Abridgement of the Law
  • Brooke’s Grand Abridgement of the Law
  • Bracton’s Laws of England
  • Hughes Grand Abridgment of the Law
  • Rolle’s Abridgment
  • Cowel’s Interpreter
  • Matthew Hale’s History & Analysis of the Common Law of England
  • Pufendorf’s Law
  • Selden’s Opera Omnia
  • Viner’s Abridgment  & Supplement
  • Blackstone’s Analysis of the Laws of England
  • Blackstone’s Commentaries
  • Comyns’ Digest – First and Second Editions
  • Bacon’s Reading on the Statute of Uses
  • Coke’s Institutes – First through the Fourth Parts
  • Coke’s Reports
  • Joseph Story’s Commentaries on the Conflict of Laws
  • Travers Twiss’ Monumena Juridica, The Black Book of Admiralty

The collection can be accessed from the library catalog at  http://main.library.utoronto.ca/eir/EIRdetail.cfm?Resources__ID=889043&T=J&F


Federal Statutes on the Department of Justice Website are now official

June 11, 2009

From the Department of Justice Website: “As of June 1, 2009, all consolidated Acts and regulations on the Justice Laws Web site are “official”, meaning that they can be used for evidentiary purposes”


Ontario Regulations from 1944 on the Internet Archive

May 20, 2009

The Bora Laskin Law Library has recently made a significant contribution to historical legal research and to the preservation of historical legal material.

The library has made the Ontario Regulations from 1944 onwards  available for inclusion in the Internet Archives.  Although recent regulations (from 2000)  have been available electronic format on e-laws, this marks first time that the whole set of Regulations has been made freely available in electronic format.

The Internet Archive is an non-profit organization mandated to create a free  digital library of Internet sites  in the form of the WayBackMachine,  as well as  other digital “cultural artifacts” including, moving images, live music, audio, texts, software and educational resources in digital form.


Visit our Compilation of Federal and Provincial Legislation and Parliamentary Material

March 24, 2009

The Law Library has recently updated its compilation of  Internet Sources of Canadian Federal and Provincial Legislation and Parliamentary Material by adding links to  journals/votes and proceedings. This list provides a single point of access for  legislation, bills,  regulations, debates, committees, gazettes and now  journals/votes and proceedings for all Canadian jurisdictions.


Historical Versions of Statutes and Regulations are now on CanLII

March 10, 2009

As of March 5, 2009  CanLII will be providing access to older versions of  federal legislation as well as legislation from  Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.  Coverage will go back at least 5 years.  Users can compare different versions of a particular statute, find a statute as it was in force on a particular date,  noteup specific sections of a statute, link to cases that have considered that statute or subscribe to an RSS feed which keeps track of changes to a particular statute.  CanLII has plans to add statutes and regulations for the remaining jurisdictions by  the end of the summer of 2009.

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