I was a guest at a meeting of Toronto research lawyers today (see Ted Tjaden’s post below) and found it very interesting. Among other things, I got a couple of ideas from it for research tools that might be helpful, one of which is set out in this post.
I’m an academic and for me the commercial databases are free; so it always takes me a moment to remember that practitioners have to pay — correction: their clients have to pay — for these services. Moreover, I don’t think I properly appreciated how careful practitioners can be about whether the client or the researcher pays for browsing through the law (one reason print may never die?). At any event, many research lawyers use CANLII wherever possible, whether out of parsimony or out of a principled support for free law.
Now if you select a term or terms in browser window — a case name, for example — and then click the “CANLII Find” bookmarklet, you’ll get the CANLII page with the search results for the selected terms; or, if you click the bookmarklet without having selected any terms, a box will pop up inviting you to enter search terms and then to click “OK” in order to get the search results in CANLII.