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By Sarah Sutherland; This post is re-posted with permission from the CanLII Blog
We are happy to announce that the Canadian Legal Research and Writing Guide has been added to CanLII’s Commentary section. The Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research, as it was previously known, has been freely available online since 1998.
Catherine Best created the website version of the Guide over her almost 30 year career as a research lawyer. Her expertise in researching complex legal issues and teaching legal research and writing have translated into a quality guide that has been helping researchers effectively use online tools for 20 years. When Catherine Best retired in 2015, she generously donated the site to CanLII.
We have been lucky to have had volunteers step forward to make up a national editorial board of legal researchers who have updated the text and worked with us in the process of converting it to an ebook:
Melanie Bueckert legal research counsel with the Manitoba Court of Appeal in Winnipeg. She is the co-founder of the Manitoba Bar Association’s Legal Research Section, has written several legal textbooks, and is also a contributor to Slaw.ca.
André Clair was a legal research officer with the Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador between 2010 and 2013. He is now head of the Legal Services Division of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Maryvon Côté is an associate librarian at the Nahum Gelber Law Library at McGill University in Montreal. He is active on the Canadian Association of Law Libraries executive and writes on legal research topics.
Yasmin Khan is the head librarian at the City of Toronto Law Library. She has just finished a master’s of science, information and knowledge strategy from Columbia University.
Mandy Ostick is a law librarian and information professional with legal research experience in law firm, university library, and courthouse environments. She has had previous positions as library services manager for Norton Rose Fulbright in Vancouver, law librarian at Thompson Rivers University, and director, digital library at Courthouse Libraries BC.
We have redirected the site’s URL to the version of the Guide on CanLII as you can see here: legalresearch.org.
We are grateful for Cathie’s contribution to legal research in Canada and the ongoing work of the editorial board, and we look forward more exciting content developments. Thank you all!