Detailed table of contents

Author:Ted Tjaden
Profession:National Director of Knowledge Management McMillan LLP
Pages:vii-xv
 
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LIST OF FIGURES xvii

LIST OF TABLES xix

PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION xxi

CHAPTER 1:

INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 1

  1. The Importance of Legal Research and Writing Literacy 2

    1) Competent Lawyers Know How to Research 3

    2) Legal Information Literacy 4

  2. Some Basic Legal Research Techniques 6

  3. The Recovery of Online Legal Research Costs 11

  4. Legal Citation 21

  5. Copyright Issues Affecting Legal Research and Writing 27

  6. Conclusions 33

  7. Legal Research and Legal Citation Guides 34

    CHAPTER 2:

    SECONDARY LEGAL RESOURCES 36

  8. Textbooks 37

  9. Law Journals 42

  10. CLE/Seminar Papers 45

  11. Legal Encyclopedias 48

    1) Canadian Encyclopedic Digest 49

    2) Halsbury’s Laws of Canada 50

    3) JurisClasseur Québec 51

    4) Encyclopedias for Other Jurisdictions 51

  12. Case Law Digests 53

  13. General Legal Reference Resources 57

    1) Legal Dictionaries 57

    2) Legal Citation Guides 58

    3) Legal Directories 59

    4) Forms and Precedents 60

    5) Court Rules 61

    6) Current Awareness Tools 61

    7) Web Guides 64

  14. Conclusions 65

    CHAPTER 3:

    RESEARCHING LEGISLATION 66

  15. Introduction 66

  16. Identifying the Relevant Jurisdiction (Step 1) 68

  17. Accessing Statutes (Step 2) 70

    1) Finding Current Statutes (Online) 70

    2) Finding Older Statutes (in Print) 72

    3) Reading Legislation 73

  18. Bills: Checking for Amendments (Step 3) 74

    1) The Legislative Process 75

    2) Types of Bills 77

    3) Coming into Force 77

    4) Confirming Your Statute Is Up to Date 78

  19. Understanding and Researching Regulations (Step 4) 79

  20. Statutory Interpretation (Step 5) 82

    1) Statutes Judicially Considered 82

    2) Interpretation Statutes 84

    3) Hansard Debates 85

    4) Traditional Approaches to Statutory Interpretation 85

    1. The Ordinary Meaning Rule 86

    2. The Purposive Analysis Rule 86

    3. The Contextual Analysis Rule 86

    4. The Consequential Analysis or Absurdity Rule 86

    5. The Plausible Meaning Rule 87

    6. The Original Meaning Rule 87

    7. The Modern Principle 87

  21. Citation of Legislation 89

  22. Conclusions 89

    I. Additional Resources 90

    CHAPTER 4:

    RESEARCHING CASE LAW 94

  23. Introduction 94

  24. The Judicial System 95

    1) United Kingdom 98

    2) United States 99

    3) Australia 101

  25. Stare Decisis and the Role of Precedent 101

  26. How Case Law Is Published 102

    1) Published Print Case Law Reporters 104

    2) Unpublished Cases 106

  27. Finding Case Law 108

  28. Noting Up Case Law 110

  29. Conclusions 111

    CHAPTER 5:

    LEGAL RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET 113

  30. Introduction 113

  31. Evaluating Web Information 114

  32. Search Engines 116

  33. Finding People 120

  34. Finding Companies and Private Organizations 121

  35. Finding Reference Materials 122

  36. Finding Governments 123

  37. Finding Legislation 124

    I. Finding Case Law 126

  38. Finding International and Foreign Law Materials 127

  39. Using Discussion Groups and Social Networks for Legal Research 129

    L. Law-Related Current Awareness on the Internet 130

  40. Citing Material Found on the Internet 131

  41. Using E-mail and Solicitor-Client Privilege 132

  42. Confidentiality: Avoiding Electronic Footprints 132

  43. Conclusions 133

  44. Additional Resources 134

    CHAPTER 6:

    LEGAL RESEARCH DATABASES AND CD-ROMS 136

  45. Introduction 136

  46. Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Commercial Databases 138

  47. Comprehensive Services 140

    1) LexisNexis Quicklaw (www.lexisnexis.ca) 140

    2) Westlaw Canada (http://canada.westlaw.com) 144

  48. Canadian and Civil Law Services 147

    1) CCH Online (www.cch.ca) 148

    2) Canada Law Book/BestCase (www.canadalawbook.ca) 148

    3) Droit civil en ligne (DCL) (www.dcl.editionsyvonblais.com) 148

    4) Maritime Law Book (www.mlb.nb.ca) 149

    5) Répertoire électronique de jurisprudence du Barreau (REJB)...

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