The CanLII Primer: Legal Research Principles and CanLII Navigation for Self-Represented Litigants

This primer is designed to help self-represented litigants (SRLs) navigate CanLII in order to prepare for the presentation of their cases - in court, in chambers, or as part of a negotiation or mediation. CanLII ( is a free legal service that can be accessed by anyone on the web.

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