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Conducting Legal Research

Anyone facing criminal charges should research the rules dictating how trials are conducted

Legal Research for Self-Represented Litigants in Criminal Trials

If you have been charged with a crime in Canada, you should consult with a criminal defence lawyer in your area

Conducting Legal Research - Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Legal Terms

Common law

The common law is law that not written down as legislation but instead evolves from past judicial decisions. It adapts to changing circumstances because judges can announce new legal doctrines or change old ones.


The concept that judges must follow the previous rulings of other judges in higher courts in their province or territory and the Supreme Court of Canada on the same issue.