Bill Clinton is attributed with saying “The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.” Jack Welch advised, “Change before you have to.” Some other very clever person came up with, “People do not resist change. They resist being changed.”
My opinion on people resisting being changed is that there is far less resistance when there is trust. Trust that the change is not a change in philosophy, but rather a change in process. The philosophy of providing publicly accessible court decisions from all levels of court in Alberta has not changed. CanLII is committed to providing free access to the law including court decisions.
One thing that must change is links back to the Alberta Court Judgments Database. While it would have been lovely to have some notice about this change before it happened, that ship has sailed. Now we all just have to get with the program and manage the change that has been imposed on us. My Slaw Tip last week gave some advice on how to deal with this change.
As late as this morning, there are plenty of websites that refer to the Alberta Courts Judgment Database – including law library pages in Alberta and beyond, other court sites, and my personal favourite, the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General website:
Remember that you can search using Google for references to something by adding a site at the end of your search string: “Alberta courts judgments database” site:alberta.ca