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Decision Search Help: General Instructions

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Searching by Neutral Citation

You can search decisions by neutral citation. A neutral citation is given in a specific format, for example, 2002 ONWSIAT 885. For a discussion of what these numbers mean and for more information about neutral citation, see the section on "What is a Neutral Citation?".

To perform a search, you need to make sure that the title Neutral Citation is visible in the dropdown box (if you have just opened the Decision Summary Search page, the dropdown box will be showing the title References). If it is not visible, click on the arrow beside the dropdown box and click on the title Neutral Citation.

Enter the citation in the Neutral Citation box. Using the dropdown box beside the Neutral Citation box, choose one of the following search options (click on a search option to learn more about it):

All words - (Note: this is the default)
Any words
Exact phrase.


Then, click on the Search button to start your search.

 

Search Options
The search option that you choose will determine how the search will be performed.

 

All Words

Selecting this option will cause the search to display decisions that contain all the words which you typed in the Neutral Citation box.

---> For example:
A search for 2002 ONWSIAT 885 will display only decisions where the terms 2002 AND ONWSIAT AND 885 all appear in the neutral citation. These terms do not need to be in any specific order and may be separated by other words or characters.

 

Any Words

Selecting this option will cause the search to display decisions that contain any of the words which you typed in the Neutral Citation box.

---> For example:
A search for 2002 ONWSIAT 885 will display decisions where the terms 2002 OR ONWSIAT OR 885 appear in the neutral citation. The result would therefore be broader than the "All Words" search.

 

Exact Phrase

Selecting this option causes the search to display only decisions that contain the exact phrase which you typed in the Neutral Citation box.

---> For example:
A search for 2002 ONWSIAT 885 will display decisions where the exact phrase 2002 ONWSIAT 885 appears together in the neutral citation.

 

What is a Neutral Citation?

Starting with decisions released in the year 2000, the Tribunal has adopted the Neutral Citation Standard (NCS) developed by the Canadian Citation Committee of the Canadian Judicial Council, for use by courts and administrative tribunals.

Previously, a committee of the Canadian Judicial Council developed standards for preparation of judgments in electronic form. Those standards included the paragraph numbering that we have included in the Tribunal's decisions. The NCS follows from this. With the NCS, the court or tribunal assigns a permanent citation at the time a decision is released. It provides a uniform and unique way to identify a decision wherever that decision may be found.

The NCS does not replace the decision numbers of Tribunal decisions; rather, it provides a cite that can be used for a uniform reference.

A full NCS cite consists of the style of cause (for the Tribunal, the Decision No.) and the core of the citation (year of release, Tribunal identifier and ordinal number). Our Tribunal identifier for NCS purposes is ONWSIAT (the two-letter postal abbreviation for Ontario followed by the initial letters of the Tribunal's name). The ordinal number is assigned at the time decisions are released, starting with "1" each year.

The core of the NCS cite can be found in the top left corner on page 1 of Tribunal decisions released in 2000.

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