CanLII Website Terms of Use

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User Agreement

1. Every person who accesses the CanLII website consents, as a User, to the terms of use stated in the present document and to the fact that the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) reserves the right to amend these terms from time to time.

Privacy Protection

2. CanLII abides by Canadian and international standards with regard to user privacy protection. CanLII does not collect personal information about Users without their consent, and has set up means to keep personal information confidential. The CanLII website’s management of personal information is described more fully on the Privacy Policy page.

Reproduction and Copyright

3. CanLII and Lexum, reserve the intellectual property rights pertaining to the CanLII website’s graphic, navigation and search tool design.

4. Subject to the following paragraph and the below conditions pertaining to prohibited use, legal materials published on the CanLII website, such as legislation, regulations and decisions, including editorial enhancements inserted into the documents by CanLII, such as hyperlinks and information in headers and footers, can be copied, printed and distributed by Users free of charge and without any other authorization from CanLII, provided that CanLII is identified as the source of the document.

5. Use of legal materials published by CanLII can be subject to additional conditions set by courts and government bodies claiming intellectual property rights relating to the documents. CanLII makes an effort to indicate the existence of additional conditions on the pages of the relevant databases, but Users remain responsible for checking whether the intended use of the documents is authorized.

Prohibited Uses

6. Notwithstanding the reproduction rights granted in the preceding section, the following uses of CanLII’s website are prohibited unless the CanLII Editor has provided prior written consent:

  1. Incorporating published documents into another website but masking their origin or source through framing, re-use of search processes, or any other means of creating confusion and misrepresenting the fact that the documents come from the CanLII website;
  2. External indexing of published documents by Web robots when such use is not authorized by the instructions in the robots exclusion file at <> or in a META tag in the HTML code of a published document, in compliance with the Robots Exclusion Protocol;
  3. Use of the CanLII website’s resources and services via automated mechanisms, in particular for bulk downloading of documents.

7. CanLII reserves the right to block, at its discretion and without prior notice, any User from accessing its website if the User misuses the website or uses it for illegal purposes.

Disclaimer of Warranty

8. CanLII puts considerable effort into maintaining its website and controlling the quality of the databases and documents it publishes so as to provide a reliable source of legal information. However, CanLII, Lexum and the CanLII website’s partners provide no warranty and make no claims as to the reliability, accuracy or integrity of the website’s content or functioning.

Disclaimer of Liability

9. The documents published on the CanLII website have been collected and prepared for Users’ convenience, and uniquely for informative purposes; they are in no way legal advice. Despite the care taken in preparing and maintaining its website, CanLII, Lexum and their employees, managers and other officers can in no way be held responsible for damages caused directly or indirectly by use of the CanLII website or by its non-availability.

Applicable Law

10. Use of the CanLII website is governed by the federal and provincial legislation in force in the Province of Quebec, Canada. Any legal action against CanLII with regards to CanLII website use shall be brought before the courts of the District of Montreal in the Province of Quebec.