The G. Emmett Cardinal Carter Library
CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES
IN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES

Selected Internet Resources

 

CANADIAN CONSTITUTIONAL DOCUMENTS

Department of Justice: Laws of Canada
http://laws.justice.gc.ca/
This web site of the Federal Department of Justice, provides numerous links to constitutional documents including: the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; Consolidated Constitutional Laws of Canada (1867 - 1982); the federal guide to French legislative jurilinguistics.

The Supreme Court of Canada
http://www.scc-csc.gc.ca/
The home page of Canada's Supreme Court provides links to the following: judgements since 1989, research information, history of the court, services and information for parties and counsel, services and information for the media.

The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
http://www.parl.gc.ca/35/1/parlbus/commbus/senate/com-e/pub-e/indiv-e.htm#Legal
The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs is an official government web site. "The Committee has a mandate to examine legislation and matters relating to legal and constitutional matters generally, including: (1) federal-provincial relations; (2) administration of justice, law reform and all related matters; (3) the judiciary; (4) all essentially juridical matters; and (5) private bills not otherwise specifically assigned to another committee, including those related to marriage and divorce."

Government of Canada Search Directory
http://search-recherche.gc.ca
This search engine allows the user to search all of the Government of Canada web sites simultaneously. Provides access to over 4500 documents on constitutional issues.

A Legal History
http://www.solon.org/Constitutions/Canada/English/
A useful site for links to the Meech Lake Accord, the Constitution Act of 1867 and others that deal directly with Canadian constitutional issues. This is not an official federal government web site. Because these documents were obtained either through OCR (Optical Character Recognition), through the Internet, or other hand-typed sources, while they have been reproduced as faithfully as possible, errors of various sorts may occur.

UNITED STATES CONSTITUTIONAL DOCUMENTS

The Constitution of the United States of America
http://www.gpo.gov/
This web site, maintained by the Government Printing Office, offers "Analysis and Interpretation: Annotations of Cases Decided by the Supreme Court of the United States". It is prepared by the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.

Thomas: Historical Documents
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/const/constquery.html
Thomas is a useful and well maintained government website that provides legislative information on the Internet. Among other features, it provides an easily searchable index to the US Constitution. The information is current and can be considered to be authoritative.

National Archives and Records Administration: The Constitution of the United States
http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/charters/constitutional.html
This site, maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration, provides a link to the actual text of the United States Constitution. Additional links provided include: the Bill of Rights; Amendments 11-27; and the Declaration of Independence.

Legal Information Institute: Supreme Court Collection
http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/
The Legal Information Institute provides nearly all Supreme Court opinions issued since May of 1990. Its LII collection of historic decisions "contains over 600 of the court's most important decisions through the whole period of its existence" and is searchable by party name, topic and opinion author.

LII Honor Roll
http://www.law.cornell.edu/background/states/
This is a list of Judicial Decisions made at the state level - with the exception of Louisiana. Decisions are placed online in their final official form; decisions are archived at the site. Finding tools allow retrieval of decisions by citation, party name, and a search for word or phrase.

FindLaw
http://supreme.findlaw.com/
This is a very useful site with an easily searchable database. It provides information on numerous aspects of the Supreme Court of the United States including: history and documents, decisions, schedules, and rules.  

America: History and Life (available from Western Libraries Databases by Title)
http://guides.lib.uwo.ca/az.php
This database is an extensive index to periodical literature on the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present; it comprises almost 400,000 bibliographic entries, covers over 2,000 journals and provides detailed abstracts to articles but no full text.

Lexis-Nexis Academic (Full Text & Multidisciplinary) (available from Western Libraries Databases by Title)
http://alpha.lib.uwo.ca/search/xL%20Databases

This database provides access to full text United States Supreme Court documents and other political and government publications.