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Contemporary Canadian Govt. & Politics: Courts

Selected Primary Sources and their Finding Aids: What Is Happening Now -- Courts

There are several ways to keep up-to-date with what is happening in the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Courts, from schedules of upcoming hearings, news releases, the "What's New" section of their websites and email lists announcing the latest decisions, to CPAC television coverage of current hearings in progress.

Supreme Court of Canada

At the official Supreme Court of Canada website, click on "Cases" to find:

Hearings Scheduled
Provides the schedule for each week in the current and upcoming sessions. Also gives the status of each case (ie. whether the case has been confirmed for hearing on that date, reserved, allowed or dismissed). Selected hearings are webcast and archived since 2009. See also CPAC (Cable Public Affairs Channel) site for televised hearings.

Status of Cases Currently being Heard
Entries show actions taken such as documents received, motions made and responses, decisions on applications for leave to appeal, date of formal judgment, etc. (Note: If you do not find your case, or do not understand the information, call a Registry Officer. Contact information is on the SCC web site.)


Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal

For details on these courts see What was Written: Government - Court Reports

Most of the Courts' hearings are open to the public. At the Federal Court web site Federal Court of Appeal site you will find:

Hearings Scheduled
Select "Court Files" then "Hearing Lists" to see the schedule of upcoming hearings by region.

Recent Decisions
Each week's decisions can be browsed separately: Select "Decisions". They are also announced in their RSS newsfeed: Select "Recent Decisions". You can also receive notice of recent Federal Court decisions by subscribing to the email mailing list.