BackgroundCanLII offers free public access to over 2.4 million documents across more than 300 case law and legislative databases. It is used by lawyers, legal professionals and the general public, with usage averaging over 30,000 visits per day. The case law database is reportedly growing at a rate of approximately 120,000 new cases each year, 20% of which are historic cases which are included to enrich existing databases.
Historical DevelopmentsIn April 2014, CanLII launched CanLII Connects, a legal community sourced publication and discussion platform for case law summaries and commentaries. In March 2018, CanLII launched a commentary program including law reviews, e-books, articles, public legal education materials, and reports. In June 2020, CanLII started actively promoting the CanLII guest writer program. Other websites will often use CanLII as their primary source when referring to Canadian case law.
Pop CultureFollowing the appearance of a Texas attorney on a Zoom call during the COVID-19 pandemic, CanLII temporarily replaced its own logo/wordmark with a variant under the name "CatLII", depicting the likeness of a Zoom cat filter in place of its customary maple leaf in February 2021.