Request for Court Records

Information

As part of the Policy for Access to Supreme Court of Canada Court Records, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) will provide access to court records in any judicial proceeding before the Court to members of the public, media and parties to the judicial proceedings subject to limitations which may be imposed by privacy legislation or other restrictions imposed by a court order, such as publication bans.  Access is provided in a manner that balances the constitutional requirement of open courts against other rights and interests of the public and participants to judicial proceedings, namely privacy and security of individuals and the proper administration of justice.

To obtain copies of a court record (document or file) that cannot be obtained via a search on the SCC Case Information page, please fill out and submit the Request for Court Records form. Occasional requests for such records do not require prior registered access.

If you require regular access to Supreme Court of Canada court records which cannot be obtained via a search on the SCC Case Information page, you may apply to the Registrar for registered access using the Request for Registered Access to Court Records. Registered access is recommended if you require access to multiple court records in one case file, or to single or multiple court records in more than one case file.  Registered access, once granted, is valid for a period of 12 months, and is renewable. 

If you are requesting copies of case records for commercial purposes, please refer to the information provided under "Commercial Reproduction" and "Third-Party Material" in the Terms and conditions section of this website.

If you are requesting photographs, videos or webcasts, you must use the Request to use Supreme Court of Canada Photographs, Videos or Webcasts.

Processing Time

Requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and usually within 48 hours, but the processing time may vary depending on the number of documents requested.

Fees

Fees are payable to the Registrar for services related to access to Court records, such as photocopies, as set out in Schedule A to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada.

There is no fee for consulting a record in person at the Court.

The different methods of payment are indicated on the form. Please see the requirement for the method of payment when requesting Court documents.

Conditions for use

Information provided from the Court's case files is filed by the parties to the action, and may be amended from time to time. If the requested information is intended for redistribution or publication, please refer to the Terms and Conditions section of this website.

Any use of information contained in the Court record should comply with provincial and federal privacy, copyright and credit reporting legislation, as well as any other applicable law, and such information should not be used for any improper purpose.

Additional Information

For further information, please contact the Court's Records Centre either by email at records-dossiers@scc-csc.ca or by telephone at 613-996-7933 or at 1-888-551-1185.

Please consult the Policy for Access to Supreme Court of Canada Court Records for more information on access to court records.

The Policy for Access to Supreme Court of Canada Court Records has been amended.  If you require regular access to Supreme Court records which cannot be obtained via a search on the SCC Case Information page, you may apply to the Registrar for registered access. Registered access is recommended if you require access to multiple court records in one case file, or to single or multiple court records in more than one case file.  Registered access, once granted, is valid for a period of 12 months, and is renewable.

You can apply for registered access using the Request for Registered Access to Court Records.

Already registered? If you have forgotten your Registered Access Number, please contact the Court’s Records Centre by email, or by telephone at 613-996-7933 or at 1-888-551-1185.

Type of Requestor
Information About the Requestor
Information About the Requestor
Request

To assist the Court’s staff in processing your request, please provide the case number and/or case name, the type of document and, if applicable, the name of the party who filed the document and the date it was filed. To obtain this information, you can search the SCC Case Information (opens a new window) database, copy the description of the requested record and paste it in the text boxes below.

Purpose (required)
Delivery Method

Documents can be delivered by email, courier service (you must arrange and pay for delivery by courier yourself) or regular mail. It is also possible to pick up or consult documents in person at the Supreme Court of Canada Building, Registry Office, Room 156.

Documents can be delivered by email, courier service (you must arrange and pay for delivery by courier yourself) or regular mail. It is also possible to pick up or consult documents in person at the Supreme Court of Canada Building, Registry Office, Room 156.

Payment

Please do not provide your credit card number or send a cheque or money order until a Court staff member contacts you with the payment details. Payment must be received before the Court record(s) can be delivered or transmitted to you. Any cheque or money order must be made payable to the “Receiver General for Canada” and sent, together with a copy of the acknowledgment of receipt of your request, to:

Supreme Court of Canada
Records Centre
301 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0J1

 

Comments

After the Records Centre has received your completed form, it will provide you with details on the fee for the requested documents.

Terms and Conditions

The requested material may be subject to certain terms and conditions (opens a new window), such as copyright and other restrictions.