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A-Z: Best Sources in Canadian Law by Topic

Use this guide as a starting point for any research that involves Canadian law. It will help you to identify quickly the key legal treatises and legislation and will point you to other more in-depth resources.


  • ADR has developed recently into its own area of practice as a result of the delays in the traditional litigation system
  • includes arbitration (where parties submit their dispute for an impartial and binding judgment) and mediation (where a neutral person attempts to mediate a settlement between the parties, but cannot impose it)
  • it involves a combination of legislation, case law and adoption of arbitration rules and procedures from various organizations
  • relevant legislation includes: Ontario Arbitration Act, S.O. 1991 C. 17
  • related topics include: Civil Procedure, Commercial Arbitration and Contract law (see the appropriate pages in this guide)

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