Use free authoritative online sources and applications to keep current in the law.
Twitter is an online social networking service enabling users to send and read brief 140-character messages called "tweets". Simply click on a Twitter feed to read tweets; to both read and post tweets, sign up for a Twitter account.
Follow colleagues, firms and organizations using Twitter to share news, cases, articles and updates relevant to a practice area or to alert followers to law blog posts or case comments posted to CanLII Connects.
For tips on getting started, see:
- Nicole Black on Practising Law in the 21st Century: Twitter 101 for Lawyers
- Kevin O’Keefe on Real Lawyers Have Blogs: Lawyers guide to Twitter language and acronyms
- Steven Matthews on Slaw: Lawyer Twitter Practices: 29 Do’s and Don’ts
- Steven Matthews on Stem's Law Firm Web Strategy Blog: Why I’m a Big Fan of Twitter Lists
The Courts of Nova Scotia provide Twitter feeds on the Court decisions webpage for decisions newly released from the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Provincial Court and Small Claims Court.
As well, follow the Courts on Twitter for news of the Courts, notices to the legal profession, online docket changes and Civil Procedure Rules amendments.
RSS is a way to receive notification of new content on websites or blogs without having to revisit sites throughout the day.
Use an RSS reader such as Digg Reader or Feedly, offering browser and mobile versions (Web, iOS, Android), folder creation to aggregate feed types, and social networking integration (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn).
Look for the RSS icon  on the web pages you view, indicating that a news feed is available. Click on the icon, copy the URL from the address bar, and paste it into your RSS reader, or follow the prompts.
A few sources for Canadian legal feeds:
- CanLII’s RSS feeds for all Canadian courts, boards and tribunals (in English or French)
- MLB-Slaw Selected Case Summaries (view website or RSS feed)
- The more than 450 Canadian law blogs listed at lawblogs.ca
Select specialized or create customized information channels:
- Select Legal Ethics or Legal Technology from the RSS feed lists of the ABA Journal
- CNW Legal from CNW Group (formerly Canadian Newswire)
- The Financial Post’s Legal Post
- Build a custom feed by topic or author at Slaw.
Some paid subscription materials, such as The Lawyers Weekly, provide free via RSS the latest headlines but only selective access to full-text articles. See LexisNexis Canada’s RSS News Feeds page.
Many email programs provide the capacity to subscribe to and view RSS feeds – a subscribed news feed appears like an email folder and content is searchable within the email application.
Many sites continue to offer a subscription to an email newsletter. Sources include Legal Feeds, the blog of Canadian Lawyer and Law Times; the daily or weekly email newsletter of the ABA Journal; and the comprehensive or topic-based email subscriptions to the Canadian law blog Slaw.
The Supreme Court of Canada mailing list service notifies subscribers of the release of judgments, bulletins, applications for leave and other updates to the SCC website.