Law has a lot to do with the analysis and exegesis of texts. It’s usually helpful to learn what someone else has thought about a particular passage in a statute or judgment, and especially valuable to encounter a discussion among commentators. CanLII Connects takes us much of the way there, though it seems as though there’s little back and forth via the comments function. It may be that a newcomer to the commenting field will prove to be useful.
Hypothes.is is an annotating facility. Run by a not-for-profit organization aimed at democratizing discussion, it allows anyone to annotate any web page (or online PDF document) or portion thereof, and, of course, it allows anyone to read these public annotations. This all happens on a “layer” that floats above, as it were — but does not disturb — the web page itself. Users need only download a bookmarklet or use Chrome with hypothes.is installed to enter into this world of marginalia.
Fortunately, Hypothes.is allows for the establishment of groups, whose annotations are available only to members of the relevant group. Here, I think, is the opportunity for legal workers. A group of like-minded analysts would be able to share annotations of a statute or judgment on CanLII, for example, without disturbing CanLII and with apparent privacy.
If you’re interested, you might take a look at a collection of tutorial slide decks, available on Google Drive.
(I’ve put a (silly) annotation on a recent case report. You can see it if you sign in to Hypothes.is and activate it while you’re on the web page for the case.)