17 September 2013

CanLII Launches Awesome New Interface

CanLII, short for the Canadian Legal Information Institute and a project of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, has just relaunched its website with a new and significantly improved user interface:

You can enter a Boolean or keyword search term from the main page; clicking on a particular province or territory will narrow your search accordingly. Clicking on the plus sign to the left of the search box expands the box to allow a more focussed search for a case or legislative text:

Your results will appear in a new page, with document hits sorted into four tabbed groups (everything, cases, legislation and commentaries), and a snapshot of the portion of the document in which the search term appears:

I've played around a bit with the new website and it's intuitive and really quite easy to use. CanLII has done a great job here, and, best of all, the website continues to be run free of charge. Thank you, Federation of Law Societies of Canada!

Update: 19 September 2013

Courthouse Libraries BC has published a blog entry with some genuinely useful information about using the new CanLII interface.