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Bulk Legal Datasets

The Refugee Law Lab supports bulk open-access to legal data to facilitate research and advocacy. Bulk open-access also helps avoid asymmetrical access-to-justice and amplification of marginalization that results when commercial actors leverage proprietary legal datasets for profit.

Unless otherwise indicated, the data linked below is subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). Users must also comply with upstream data licenses, including requests in source urls to prevent search engine indexation to protect privacy (see details in each dataset).

Full Dataset

Refugee Law Lab: Canadian Legal Data (~177,000 cases & ~11,000 acts & regulations)

Court Decisions (Full Text)

Supreme Court of Canada Bulk Decisions Dataset (1877-present, ~15,500 cases) (updated Apr 1 2024)

Federal Court of Appeal Bulk Decisions Dataset (2001-present, ~14,500 cases) (updated Apr 1 2024)

Federal Court Bulk Decisions Dataset (2001-present, ~61,500 cases)(updated Apr 1 2024)

Tax Court of Canada Bulk Decisions Dataset (2003-present, ~15,000 cases) (updated Apr 1 2024)

Immigration and Refugee Board Decisions (Full Text)

Refugee Appeal Division Bulk Decisions Dataset (2013-present, ~27,500 cases) (updated Apr 1 2024)

Refugee Protection Division Bulk Decisions Dataset (2002-2020, ~14,500 cases) (updated Dec 1 2023) (legacy: no further updates)

Refugee Law Lab Reporter Bulk Decisions Dataset (2019-present, ~500 cases) (updated Apr 1 2024)

Other Administrative Tribunal Decisions (Full Text)

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Bulk Decisions Dataset (2003-present, ~1,700 cases) (updated Apr 1 2024)

Social Security Tribunals Bulk Decisions Dataset (2013-present, ~28,000 cases) (updated Apr 1 2024)

Legislation & Regulations (Full Text) (excludes tables, annexes, schedules & forms)

Federal Bulk Legislation Dataset (Consolidated Legislation) (~1,900 acts) (updated May 13 2024)

Federal Bulk Regulations Dataset (Consolidated Regulations) (~9,400 regulations) (updated May 13 2024)

This project draws on research supported by the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.