As readers of Slaw will know, we approached Maritime Law Book a little over a year ago with the idea of a collaboration in which MLB would select certain of its case summaries for Slaw to make freely available online. Slaw converts the summary to HTML and places a precis of it online, along with a link to the full summary in PDF on Slaw’s site and a link to the free version on the MLB site of the unedited case report. (The more than 300 such summaries are available here; the criteria by which MLB selects them can be found here.) Now thanks to an initiative by Colin Lachance, President of CanLII, CanLII users accessing cases for which MLB and Slaw summaries exist can access those summaries directly from the relevant case on the CanLII site.
Here’s a graphic showing how this “See also” link on CanLII appears (click on the image to enlarge it):
This link will take you to the actual CanLII page for the case used as an illustration above.
Slaw is proud to be part of this small but significant step in making law more freely and readily available to Canadians, and we look forward to expanding our efforts in this vein.