Our Web site provides you with different ways to find information about the Supreme Court of Canada. This page provides navigation information that will enable you to quickly locate the documents and pages you are looking for.If you need assistance to locate information or use features on our site, please try one of the links below.
- Navigational Help
- Site Map
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Printing Pages
- Contact Us
This Web site is designed with a view to making information created by the Supreme Court of Canada accessible to all users in accordance with the Government of Canada's Common Look and Feel 2.0 accessibility standard, which complies with W3C Accessibility Initiative (priority 1 and 2 checkpoints of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines).
If you have any difficulties or questions regarding this Web site or our accessibility efforts, please contact the webmaster either by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at 613-996-8029.
If the factums pages are not accessible to you, please contact the Registry either by telephone at 613-996-8666, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
In order to fully enjoy your Supreme Court of Canada online experience it is recommended that your computer meets or exceeds the system requirements. See also the frequently asked questions for more technical details.
Persons who are not able to view or hear Webcasts for reasons related to accessibility may obtain transcripts of proceedings. Please contact the Registry either by telephone at 613-996-8666, or by e-mail at email@example.com for assistance.
See the Web Accessibility Disclaimer for the use of Library Catalogue.
In order to make this Web site more accessible, the Supreme Court of Canada has used templates that:
- are XHTML 1.0 Strict conformant, to improve compatibility with adaptive technologies, handheld devices, browsers and search engines
- have been successfully tested on a wide range of adaptive technologies and browser/platform combinations to ensure that Canadians can access Web pages regardless of the technology used
- include major components, such as the common tool bar, side menu and content area that are properly marked up with headings to simplify navigation with a screen reader
- improve accessibility by allowing visitors to configure visual elements to meet their accessibility needs using a client-side Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) file
- use scaleable fonts and text-based navigational elements to improve accessibility and simplify navigation using adaptive technologies
- provide printer-friendly functionality in the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to make pages more compatible with printers and to ensure that unnecessary page elements are not printed
- separate visual presentation from the document structure
- avoid truncated and overlapped elements at very large font sizes;
- display the title value when a link gains keyboard focus; and
- employ skip navigation links at the beginning of the page for quickly moving to the content or the institutional links. These skip navigation links become visible when a mouse pointer hovers over top or when selected using a keyboard or other alternate input device.
Viewing a PDF File
Some of the documents are available in Portable Document Format (PDF). This is a universal file format that allows you to read, print or download an on-line document while maintaining the fonts, graphics and general layout of that document.
Downloading PDF Reader
To view and print PDF documents, you will first need to install one of the free PDF reader software programs from the list below:
Converting PDF Files Into HTML Format
Alternatively, you can have the PDF file converted to HTML or ASCII text by using an on-line conversion service such as the one offered by Adobe or Google's View as HTML feature. The Adobe Systems Incorporated Web site has an on-line tool to help make PDF files accessible to people with visual disabilities. The tool converts PDF files into HTML format so that they can then be read by screen readers. To convert PDF files, visit the Adobe site.
Downloading a PDF File
To download a PDF file:
- Locate the document you want to download.
- Right click on the link to the PDF document and select "Save Target As" (Internet Explorer) / "Save Link As" (Netscape) in the drop-down menu.
- Indicate the directory you want to save the file in and click "Save".
- You can then view the document offline using your PDF reader software.
The first tool bar on the top of the page, the Common Menu Bar, is mandatory for all Government of Canada Web sites according to the Treasury Board Secretariat's Common Look and Feel Standards. It enables you to perform navigational tasks that are frequently necessary on all government sites, including:
- Français: Toggles the page you are viewing between English and French.
- Home: Goes to the main menu page of the Court's Web site.
- Contact Us: Contains information on how to contact key individuals at the Court.
- Help: Provides information on navigation and accessibility features.
- Search: Links to the Search page and provides tips on searching.
- canada.gc.ca: Links to the home page of the Government of Canada's main Web site.
The navigation path or “breadcrumb trail”, found just beneath the common menu bar, shows where you are on the Web site and helps you to move quickly around the site.
The left menu is the key navigation tool for the Supreme Court of Canada's Web site. From the Home Page, it enables you to immediately identify the section of the site that interests you and provides a link to it. Once you are in a new section, this menu will be adapted to the new topic, providing you with new hyperlinks related to your subject.
The content on the left menu bar is grouped into several sections.
- About the Court
- Visit the Court
- News Releases
- Electronic Filing
- Act and Rules
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The content is available in XHTML Strict 1.0. Many documents are also available in other formats, such as:
- Portable Document Format (PDF) — to view these files, please see our Help — PDF Files page.
- QuickTime — to view these files, you will need QuickTime Player.
The right menu, which is available on the home page, provides access to the following resources:
- What's New: New documents or resources available on the site.
- Publications: Material available, reports, bulletins of proceedings.
- More...: Provides links to subject-specific information, tools and resources.
The footer is displayed on every page, except the welcome page and server message page, to signal to site visitors that they have reached the end of the Web page. The footer contains the following information:
- Date Modified is the most recent date on which the document was formally issued, substantially changed or reviewed — shown in YYYY-MM-DD format.
- The Top of Page arrow returns you to the top of the page you are currently viewing.
- The Important Notices page contains information relating to privacy, official languages, hyperlinks and copyright.
Consult the site map to locate the contents of this Web site.
- Decisions of the Court (Lexum Web site)
- Court Internet Site
- Supreme Court of Canada Case Information
This page contains answers to frequently asked questions we have received.
To print any page, select “File”, then “Print” on the top menu bar of your Web browser. The printed version will include the same content as the Web page but without any of the navigation menus from the top and the left side of the page. It will also include the Court's signature, the navigation path, as well as the date that the page was last modified.
We hope the information on this site will be useful to you. If you do not find the information you require, please contact us. We welcome all comments and suggestions.