Introduction to Canadian Law

The resources on this page provide an audiovisual introduction to the legal structure of Canada.

Suggested Resources

Introduction to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (a 2-part powerpoint with audio)

Part 1 of this power point with audio gives an overview  of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms since its beginning.  It discusses what the Charter is and is not and explains in detail the meaning using examples in the specific sections of the Charter.  Part 2 talks about Section 8, search and seizure.  It delves more deeply into all the tests the courts do to determine if there really is a Charter infringement. There are some review questions at the end of the presentation. Related keywords: Charter of Rights (19), Classroom materials (72), Legal process (100), Legal research (69)

The Law that Rules (a narrated presentation in 3 parts)

Created by the Legal Resource Centre, the first part of this narrated powerpoint focused on Canadian law presents information on how the legal structure of Canada is organized, the history of our laws and an explanation of the Rule of Law.   The second part discusses legislation including who makes it, how it is made and how it is enforced.  It discusses the 3 levels of government that make laws, with the laws being made according to each government's responsibilities. The last part of the presentation focuses on Common Law and what it is, how it is made and how it is enforced. Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Legal history (27), Legal process (100), Legal research (69)

What it is like in the Courtroom

This online tutorial created by the Legal Resource Centre focuses on what it's like in the courtroom. There are often many people in a courtroom. Knowing who is who, what each person's role is, and what is expected of you as a witness should help you understand what is going on around you. Related keywords: Legal process (100), Self-representation (29)