The Canadian equivalent of the AustLII online free-access resource for Australian legal information, CanLII, has launched an interesting new service.

Called CanLII Connects, the service provides access to multiple thoughts about a single case in one place, at no charge to the user and directly linked to the full text of the case. In a similar form to individual law blogs, the contributions come from national law firms, major regional firms, academics, leading practitioners and legal bloggers, research specialists, commercial publishers and law societies. The site is searchable, including by case name and permits sharing by email and on social networks.

The service explains:

Lawyers and others routinely prepare and share summaries and commentary on the decisions of Canadian courts. You will find these insights in journals, magazines, blogs, newsletters, commercial legal search tools and many other places. But until now, you could not find multiple thoughts about a single case in one place, at the same time, at no charge to the user and directly linked to the full text of the case!

Hopefully something similar will appear in Australia in the near future.

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