Keep Your Rules Handy

I love my iPad. One reason is for its ability to carry heavy things for me, like extra novels when I travel, my CDs, and my copy of the Rules of Court.

No, sorry there is no Rules of Court app. Here are the steps to get a long pdf that is available for public download on to your tablet.

1. Make sure you have a pdf reader (like iBooks, iAnnotate, or Kobo)
2. In your browser, navigate to the public pdf. I used the Alberta Rules link at
3. Once the full pdf has loaded into your browser, hover over the top of the menu bar until the “Open In” bar appears.
4. Select which of your eReader apps you would like to Save the document in.

That’s it. Rules to travel.


  1. Actually Lexis Nexis has created an app for the Ontario Rules in the e-book version of Ontario Superior Court Practice, 2011 Edition.

    Ted Tjaden mentioned them recently on Slaw.

    I’ve tried it out as well, and it seems to work pretty well. I especially like that they’re annotated and come with case law.

  2. Omar, you are totally right that Ontario Superior Court Practice eBook is an app. I confess I was limiting my search to the App Store. Thanks for reminding me about this eBook

    I am curious about the your experience with the caselaw. When you link to case law from this text where does it take you? LNQL? Somewhere embedded in the eBook product itself?

    The Alberta Rules that I have saved in my pdf Library in iBooks is also filled with useful hyperlinks that our Queen’s Printer has embedded in the pdf. These transfer very well into the eReader copy, but I have little experience with external hyperlinking in this format.

    Also – are the index page references linked back to the text? That would be a huge initial undertaking for a Rules document, but a really cool feature.


  3. The way the version I have is set up there are annotations to the rules which hyperlink to footnote references. The case law doesn’t actually link elsewhere other than the reflex link back to the text. A hyperlink to LNQL would actually be an extremely useful feature for users of the unlimited subscriptions.

    I can easily copy or highlight to a browser, but web access isn’t always guaranteed in court of off-site.

    The Table of Contents is highly functional, and the best way to find things for me so far. The index does reference Rules or sections from the Courts of Justice Act instead of pages, which when used with the Table is functional enough.

    Of course searching the entire text for keywords is also a much more efficient way to find things than tabbing through the physical book.

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