Recommended Secondary Resources

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Clicklaw website

Clicklaw website is BC’s primary resource for legal information. It links to a large collection of legal information resources for the public. See the handout How to Use Clicklaw.

Clicklaw also includes Clicklaw wikibooks, which are a series of over 20 legal guides that are fully searchable, and can be downloaded in print or ePub formats. A good place to start is with the wikibook, Legal Help for British Columbians, which provides first steps for over 40 common legal problems.

Legal Dictionaries and Glossaries

Research Resources at Courthouse Libraries BC


Website tools

Recommended books & resources, in print only

The online catalogue of Courthouse Libraries BC will show you which of our libraries contain any of the titles listed below:

  • Written Advocacy. Includes sample precedents of pleadings (statements of claim, defences and counter-claims) and how to write an effective legal argument.
  • Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Precedents and Pleadings. Discusses how to draft pleadings and includes sample pleadings in areas such as defamation, employment law, judicial review, personal injury and privacy.
  • McLachlin & Taylor or British Columbia Court Forms. Comprehensive textbook that discusses drafting pleadings and provides precedents.
  • Civil Trial Handbook. Offers information about trial preparation and strategy. It combines legal and procedural material and gives practical information that includes objectives, pointers, and strategy.
  • Sanagan’s Encyclopedia of words and phrases, legal maxims, Canada. Can help you find the meaning of legal words as defined by Canadian courts, and provide references to statutes or cases where words or phrases are defined.
  • Canadian Encyclopedic Digest. Comprehensive encyclopedia of Canadian law, which includes references to relevant statutes and case law.
  • Halsbury’s Laws of Canada. Describes over 100 legal topics, with references to relevant statutes and case law.

Online Guides to Legal Research

These are written for law students and lawyers to help them prepare for a case.

This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by Courthouse Libraries BC staff, October 2015.

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