Caselaw on Wikipedia

This is probably common knowledge to many, but recently I could not remember the leading case by Lord Denning on promissory estoppel. It is of course Central London Property Trust v. High Trees House [1947] KB 130 130. So I searched Wikipedia and found a great entry for Lord Denning, links to a wikipedia entry and the full-text of some of his judgments, including High Trees. I was curious and searched for “leading cases” and found an entry for landmark decisions which I found very good. Although largely American oriented, so of limited use in Canada, there were also entries for landmark cases in Australia, the UK and Canada.

The possilbities for using web 2.0 wikis for collaboratively preparing class “CANS” (at UVic genteely referred to as “outlines”) jumped at me immediately.


  1. Although I haven’t heard of anyone using this, there’s a tool out there:

  2. I really like the idea. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if students were already using something like this. Here they have a shared drive were cans go to congregate but it was left to the students to determine whether or not individual CANS were useful. The next question becomes does the institution support using the technology for CANS or let the students do it on their own?

  3. Actually, there are actually a fair number of Canadian case summaries on wikipedia. Well over 300. Most of the major cases in the past fifty or so years have at least something written on them. While the quality of writing varies widely, it continues to improve. You can check out at:

  4. PullUpYourSocks, the Wikipedia page you directed us to is very impressive indeed. Thanks.

  5. Amazing! I guess we will have to find a good translator for Wikipedia French version of these pages: wouldn’t it be a great project for a large firm summer student?! ;-)