Each report you run on the Loom Analytics system is highly customizable, allowing you to find exactly what you're looking for and filter out the noise.

 
 

 
 

Report Fields

Below are descriptions of the fields you can use to narrow your searches. You can jump directly to the field you need information on from the list below, or search for it alphabetically. Please note that not every field is available in each report. 

 
 

Appeals Settings

Found in the Hearing Details section of the Refine Search menu, this field is not a drop-down, but a three-state switch. When the switch is in the middle, decisions that contain an appeal hearing are included in your search results. When the switch is to the right, results will only display decisions that have one or more appeals hearings. When the switch is to the left, the results will only display decisions that do not have a single appeals hearing in them.

It’s important to note that each decision can have multiple hearings in it. If even one of those hearings is an appeal, the decision will be either included or excluded from your search, depending on what you have chosen.

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Case Category

The case category field is found in the Case Details section of the Refine Search menu and lets you refine your search to specific categories such as ‘Property Rights’ or ‘Personal Injury’. Each case category is further broken down into sub-categories so that you can quickly find cases like yours. For example, the Personal Injury category is divided into sub-categories such as Medical Malpractice, Negligence, Slip & Fall, and Wrongful Death among many others. When using the case category filter you can be sure that the results returned will be about your selected categories, and will not simply be referencing them in passing.

You will notice that ‘Not Available’ is a sub-category for each of the case categories. There are situations where we do know what the proceeding is generally about and are able to identify a case category, but we don’t have enough information from the decision itself to identify what any possible sub-categories may be. For example, we can identify that the case is about Property Rights, but we don’t know if the proceeding is specifically about zoning by-laws or if it’s a title dispute. These cases have been given a ‘Not Available’ sub-category.

Click the checkbox beside the main category to select all of the sub-categories beneath it. If  you want a more specific search, don’t select the checkbox beside the main category, but select the checkbox beside one or more sub-categories to see decisions with proceedings that fall into these categories. If you select more than one case category or more than one sub-category, the results returned will be decisions that are either one type or the other. The results returned will not be decisions that have both one category and the other in them.

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The case tags field is a set of additional search terms you can use to further narrow your search results. Found in the Case Details section of the Refine Search menu, case tags allow you to single out particular subject matter in proceedings. For example, if you are interested in cases that involve slip and falls that occurred outdoors, you would select the ‘Slip & Fall’ sub-category from the ‘Personal Injury’ case category. You would then select ‘Outdoors’ from the case tags field.

It is important to note that some decisions lack extensive background information about proceedings, so we are unable to guarantee that we have been able to label every proceeding with these tags. However, if you are looking for a very specific proceeding quickly, the case tags field is an easy way to refine your search.

If you select more than one case tag, the results returned will be decisions that have one tag or the other. There may be decisions that are tagged with all of the case tags that you have selected, however, we are unable to distinguish those decisions from the others at this time.

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Case Tags


The Claim Type field allows you to select what kind of claim(s) you would like to populate your report. Outcomes may differ if you’re bringing a motion on a claim vs. a counterclaim. Use this field to tailor your query to find cases like yours.

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Claim Type


The Companies or Individuals field is found in the Party Details section of the Refine Search menu and is directly related to your chosen Party Type. This field allows you to filter your results by if your selected party type is only a company, if your selected party type is only an individual, or if your selected party type is either a company or an individual. This lets you limit your report to show results that deal with company plaintiffs or individual defendants.

We are currently defining ‘company’ as any party that is not an individual party. This includes government entities, corporations, etc. We define ‘individual’ as a person.

In the Case Law Search or the Decision Turnaround Time reports, if you select ‘Individuals Only’, the results returned will be decisions where at least one of your selected party type is an individual. It will not return results where your selected party type consists of only individuals.

In the Outcome Report, this field is tied to the moving or responding party type that you have chosen. Therefore, if you select ‘Individuals Only’, ‘Plaintiff’, and ‘Moving Party’ in this report, the results returned will be decisions where at least one plaintiff that is the moving party is an individual.

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Companies or Individuals


Court is a mandatory field that lets you select the court that your search will provide results for.

Bear in mind that any decisions which have commenced litigation in a lower court level and have since advanced to a higher court will populate the report for the level of court above. To wit, if a decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice was appealed in the Ontario Court of Appeal, you would have to select the latter option in your 'Advanced Report Settings' to view the appeal in your report.

Currently, Loom's choices for 'Court' include Alberta, British Columbia and two levels of Court in Ontario.

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Court


The decision date range field is found in the General Details section of the Refine Search menu and allows you to refine your search by the date that a decision was released. Click on the start date field itself or the calendar icon to change the the start date. Click on the end date field itself or the calendar icon to change the end date. For example, if you wanted to see decisions released between January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016,  you can select January 1, 2015 from the calendar in the start date field and January 1, 2016 from the calendar in the end date field. Alternatively, you can type in Jan 01, 2015 in the start date field and type in Jan 01, 2016 in the end date field.


Should you desire to see the entire breadth of data available in your selected court, click ‘Use full available date range’ and the start and end dates will automatically change to reflect all the data available in that court.

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Decision Date Range


The hearing date range field is found in the Hearing Details section of the Refine Search menu and allows you to refine your search by the date that a hearing occurred. Click on the start date field itself or the calendar icon to change the the start date. Click on the end date field itself or the calendar icon to change the end date. For example, if you wanted to see decisions that were heard between January 1, 2016 and July 1, 2016, you can select January 1, 2016 from the calendar in the start date field and July 1, 2016 from the calendar in the end date field. Alternatively, you can type in Jan 01, 2016 in the start date field and type in Jul 01, 2016 in the end date field.

Should you desire to see the entire breadth of data available in your selected court, click ‘Use full available date range’ and the start and end dates will automatically change to reflect all the data available in that court.

 

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Hearing Date Range


 

The 'Hearings' field allows you to search by a type of hearing (motion, application, trial, etc.) or even further refine your search to a specific motion itself. If you expand the ‘Motion’ option, sub-categories of motions appear. Within each sub-category, you will find specific motions that correspond with the parent sub-category. If you wanted to target your search to summary judgment hearings, you could expand the ‘Motion’ heading and select the ‘Summary Judgment’ category. This will return results for all summary judgment motions. If you wanted to search for a specific summary judgment motion, motion by plaintiff for summary judgement, for example, you can expand the ‘Summary Judgment’ category and select the specific motion itself. Keep in mind that terminology varies across courts and provinces.

If you are unsure of the exact name of the motion you would like to include in your query, the search panel at the top of the drop-down list will suggest options as you type. For example, you might know that you’d like to search for motions about expert witnesses, but you are unsure what category that motion might be under. Typing ‘expert witness’ into the search field will show motions involving expert witnesses across all hearing categories.

If you select more than one hearing type, the results returned will be decisions that have one hearing type or the other. There may be decisions that have all of the hearings that you selected, however, we are unable to distinguish those decisions from the others at this time.

 

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Hearings


Located in the Hearing Details section of the Refine Search menu, this field lets you customize results based on who the presiding authority was that heard the hearing(s) in the decision.

If you select more than one presiding authority in the list, the results returned will be decisions where one presiding authority or the other heard the hearings at hand. While appeals do have more than one presiding authority, we currently do not allow for a combination search using this field. Simply select one of the presiding authorities that you’d like to search by to find the case you’re looking for.

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Judge or Master Name


The mode of hearing is found in the Hearing Details section of the Refine Search menu and indicates how the hearing took place. Is your motion going to be heard in person? Are you submitting a motion in writing? This field allows you to find cases with the same procedure as yours.

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Mode of Hearing


Unique to the Outcome Report, the Moving Party field lets you view results when certain parties initiate and respond to certain types of hearings. This field is directly related to the party type that you also select at the top of the Outcome Report. For example, if you wanted to see the success rates of moving defendants for summary judgment motions, select ‘Moving Party’ from this field, ‘Defendant’ from the party type field, and the ‘Summary Judgment’ category from the hearings drop-down.

It’s important to note that the option for ‘Moving or Responding Party’ only shows up if you do not have ‘Any Party’ selected. If you were able to select ‘Moving or Responding Party’ and Any Party’, it would return all of the cases in the system.

 

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Moving Party


The outcome field can be found in the Hearing Details section of the Refine Search menu in the Case Law Search and Decision Turnaround Time reports. The outcome is tied to the party type that has been selected. Therefore, if you select ‘Win’ in the Outcome field and ‘Plaintiff’ in the Party Type field, the results returned are only decisions with hearings where the plaintiff had a favourable outcome.

The outcome field cannot be selected in the Outcome Report, as the report displays results for all outcomes, not just ones that you have selected.

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Outcome


Use this field to select the party type(s) that you would like to see results for in your report. This field is located in the Party Details section of the Refine Search menu in the Case Law Search and Decision Turnaround Time reports, and at the top of the Outcome Report.

Keep in mind that the ‘Party Type’ field is directly connected to the following fields: Outcome, Moving Party, Companies or Individuals, Self-Represented Parties and Appeals. For example, if you select ‘Plaintiff’ in the ‘Party Type’ field and you select ‘Win’ in the ‘Outcome’ field, the results you see are instances where the plaintiff had a favourable outcome in a hearing. If you select all options in the ‘Outcome’ field, then you’ll see results for hearings where the plaintiff had any outcome.

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Party Type


 

Each decision in our system has been categorized by practice area. The practice area field is mandatory so that you choose which area of the law you want to focus your report on. For example, if you select Civil, only results for civil cases will be returned.

At the moment you are unable to change this field, as we only have civil decision data available to search.

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Practice Area


Found in the Proceeding Details section of the Refine Search menu, the proceeding type field allows you to refine your search by actions, applications, class actions, etc. Are you a part of a class action? Select ‘Class Action’ from this field to view results for only class action proceedings that match your search criteria.

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Proceeding Type


The province field is mandatory and lets you choose the province that your decision was released in. For example, if you want to see civil decisions released in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, you would select British Columbia from the province drop-down.

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Province


The Self-Represented Party option is listed within Party Details. This field is not a drop-down, but a three-state switch. If you have chosen a particular party type(s) in the party type drop-down, this field will be linked to the party type(s) that you have chosen. When the switch is in the middle, decisions that contain a self-represented party in a hearing are included in your search results. When the switch is to the right, results will only display decisions that have a hearing with at least one self-represented party. When the switch is to the left, the results will only display decisions that do not have a single hearing with a self-represented party in them.

It’s important to note that each decision can have multiple hearings in it. If even one of those hearings has a self-represented party with the party type(s) selected, the decision will be either included or excluded from your search, depending on what you have chosen.

 

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Self-Represented Party