LawSource Primer 5 Abridgment Case Digests Table of Contents Custom search template Related Info tab
Research objective Research objective To research the circumstances in which child support will be awarded in respect of a child over the age of majority who is unable to support herself by reason of disability or illness. This Primer assumes you have already conducted research in full text case law. The Abridgment is another entry point to the case law to check for relevant cases. This Primer assumes you are familiar with the content on searching in LawSource Primer 2.
Abridgment entry points
The Canadian Abridgment Digests can be accessed in three ways in LawSource:
From the Browse Tables of Contents menu on the left
From the Custom Search Template for the Canadian Abridgment above
From the Abridgment Digests link on the Related Info tab when viewing a case
Browsing the Abridgment One way to access the Canadian Abridgment is through the Table of Contents. You can keep clicking on the plus signs and sub-headings will open. Alternatively, you can search all the headings in the classification scheme to narrow the relevant headings. In this instance, the search will look for headings containing the words child and support .
Searching within a classification
This screen shows you all headings in the Abridgment classification scheme containing the words child and support .
You can continue to open up the Table of Contents by clicking on the plus sign beside the headings. A blue link will take you to the digests classified under that sub-heading.
Alternatively, you can select a heading – at any level – and then search within all digests within that heading for digests containing your search terms.
In this case, the heading Child Support has been selected. Continue by clicking on the Search selected button at the bottom left of the screen.
Searching within a classification
You can click on the Search button and all the digests under the Child Support classification will be retrieved. This would not be a good approach, as there are too many digests.
Take advantage of the ability to narrow the digests retrieved to those of relevance to your research objective. You can add search terms to narrow the digests retrieved to those relevant to your issue. You can also, if desired, restrict the digests to a particular jurisdiction.
In this instance, a search query has been used to look for digests under this classification in which adult appears in the same digest as disability or disabled. The parentheses are not necessary, but if you are unsure of the syntax use them to force the order in which the terms are processed.
Click on the Search button to continue.
Reviewing search results
The search found digests containing these terms within 9 different classifications under the heading Child Support.
The Result List shows how many digests containing the search terms appear under each classification.
This illustrates the benefit of finding digests by keyword searches, rather than relying on the classification scheme alone.
Click on citation link in the digest to see the full text of the case.
Searching the Abridgment Digests This query will search all the digests, without any limit by classification, for digests containing child support, adult, and disability or disabled (note truncation). In this case, the search was limited to BC. Note that the query is more general than would usually be done in full text case law because each digest is fairly short. As a result, it is not as necessary to use proximity connectors in your search.
Viewing search results
This search retrieved digests from 6 different classifications.
The blue link at the top for the Classification Number allows you to run a search for all digests under that particular classification. You would only do this if a particular classification is highly relevant.
Research objective Research objective You are aware of a leading BC case on letters rogatory. This is a procedure where the court of one jurisdiction lends its support to the courts of another jurisdiction to enable evidence to be taken for trial in that jurisdiction. You want to use the BC case to help you find other similar cases. In addition to noting up the case, you can find other cases by looking for cases classified under the same Abridgment headings.
Digests and the Related Info tab When viewing a case, click on the Related Info tab to see documents related to the case. The Abridgment Digests link will show you all the Abridgment digests for the case you are viewing.
Linking to Abridgment digests Clicking on the Abridgment Digests link opens up all digests for this case showing their classification. From here you can link to all the digests under the classification.
Viewing and modifying results There are 82 digests under this classification. You can click on Edit Search and use keywords, dates or jurisdiction to narrow your search. However, this will incur another notional search charge. Alternatively, you can use the Locate in Result feature to narrow your search. It will not eliminate digests, but it will highlight those containing your locate terms.
Use Locate to narrow search By locating british columbia in the digests, you can easily find and review those digests from British Columbia courts. There is no notional charge for using the Locate feature.
Viewing Locate results There are still 82 digests, but clicking on the Term button will take you to those containing the phrase “british columbia” or the abbreviation B.C.
Abridgment review Access the Abridgment digests through the Table of Contents, by opening levels of classifications through the Table of Contents, using the Search button to search within selected classifications through the Custom Search Template by searching all the digests through the Abridgment Digests link in the Related Info tab when viewing a case