A short tip today to remind you that you can deep link to a specific paragraph for most judgments on CanLII. This is helpful when you want to bring a colleague’s attention to specific paragraphs in a judgment.
Each decision on CanLII has a permanent URL, which will look like this:
To create a link directly to paragraph 21 of this decision, just add #par21 after this permanent URL. The link to paragraph 21 of the decision would look like this:
I often use this when I’m sending a list of relevant case law to a colleague and want them to be able to dive into the most relevant excerpts, as opposed to flipping back and forth to my email to double check which paragraph I mentioned. For example, if I wanted to share some recent judicial consideration of section 8 of the federal Interest Act, I might send them the following linked list.
- Krayzel Corp. v. Equitable Trust Co., 2016 SCC 18 at paras 21–23.
- Hornstein v. Orbach, 2016 ONSC 1458 at paras 37–41.
- P.A.R.C.E.L. Inc. v. Acquaviva, 2015 ONCA 331 at paras 39–97.
Please note that many older decisions do not have numbered paragraphs and so this tip will not work [for them]. Also, since this feature is the result of automated processing, there will always remain a small proportion of decisions which numbered paragraphs can’t be properly tagged.