Not all situations are covered in a citation guide. Use analogy and common sense instead of obediently following a guide. For tips on citing documents not covered by this online guide, you can check out the Chicago Manual of Style, which has an excellent index. In general, you use the information provided to you. Use the name of the case provided by the press law writers. If no folder name is specified, follow the instructions below and review the case-sensitive naming instructions if additional details are needed. These guidelines were adopted by the Canadian Judicial Council on May 7, 2009. In fact, all reported cases and all cases found online since 2009 have properly formatted case names. Combining information from the Chicago Manual of Style with this online guide should meet all your legal citation requirements. If you need more advice, below is a selective list of other sources.
The Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 9th edition (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2018), also known as the McGill Guide, was created to standardize Canadian legal citation and provide a nationally acceptable reference system. The guide has been adopted by numerous Canadian legal publications, including the Queen`s Law Journal, as an authority on legal citations. There are also other excellent free online legal citation guides, such as UBC`s Legal Citation Guide and the Citation Guide for Saskatchewan Courts. In this guide, we focus on an introduction to the latest edition of the McGill Guide. To clarify all points and for more details, please consult the McGill Guide itself. When citing a contract source, use the following policies in the specified priority: To determine which sources to use, use the following policies in the specified priority. However, consider your target audience, including potential future audiences. After neutral citation, if applicable, choose sources that your readers can find as easily as possible and that match your target audience. For example, if you`re writing an article about family law, you may want to use quotes from Family Law Reports (RFL) instead of a mix of other journalists to simply follow a set of guidelines.
Examples (applying the general guidelines in the general section above): As a supplement to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (McGill Guide), which is only available in print at the University of British Columbia Library, we have created an online Legal Citation Guide. There is a link to this guide from the Law Library home page, just below the “Research Resources” section. For examples of other case naming situations, see the Canadian Citation Committee`s Case Naming Guidelines and other citation guides listed on the Home tab of this Legal Citation Guide. As can be seen from the above-mentioned guidelines of the Court of Justice on summons, optional particulars, which may be added in brackets after the title of the case, may include: (dec) for a decision on admissibility; (preliminary objections) for a judgment on preliminary objections; (just satisfaction) for a judgment that concerns only just satisfaction; (review) for a judgment on appeal; (interpretation) for a judgment on interpretation; (delete) for a judgment terminating the case; (amicable settlement) for a judgment on an amicable settlement. Most legal journalists give an abbreviation that should be used. If this information is not provided, use the Legal Report Abbreviations tab in the sidebar or top menu. If you provide two sources for a case and the case has been reported in multiple rounds of legislative reports, you must follow the guidelines in the General section above. Note: The American Society of International Law provides a useful guide to treaties and other international treaties on and provides citation information for sources under the “More Information” links for primary documents. Note: In addition, the Court has specific citation guidelines and examples under This guide provides an introduction to the citation of the author (if applicable), title (if applicable), resolution or decision number, UN organ and designated OR, session number or year, the number of the addendum, the number of the UN document (date or year).
Canada, Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, Renewal: A Twenty-Year Commitment, Volume 5, Ottawa: Canada Communication Group, 1996. UN organ and name of OR, session number, session number, UN document number, date or year of document (if applicable) accurately. GA Dec 62/557, UNGAOR, 62nd Sess, Supp No. 49, (Vol III), UN Doc A/63/49 (15 September 2008). Use the story below when discussing the decision of a case that has since been brought to a higher court. Signal processing by aff`d for confirmed or revised for vice versa. The signals always refer to the oldest cited decision. Canada, Parliament, House of Commons, Special Committee on Indian Self-Government, Indian Self-Government in Canada: Report of the Special Committee, 32nd Parliament, 1st Session, No. 40 (October 12, 1983 and October 20, 1983) (chaired by Keith Penner). Federal regulations have been revised only once, in 1978, in a series of books entitled Consolidated Regulations of Canada (CRC). Title (optional), SOR/year number, accurate, if applicable.
Abbreviate the competent UN body and indicate the number of the resolution or decision. The following general rules apply to all case names: Specify the UN document number. This unique identifier or document symbol is usually found in the upper right corner of an official United Nations document and consists of a combination of letters and numbers. Most legal journalists are published as volumes in a series. With the volume number and serial number, you can easily find the volume you need. You do not need to know in which year the case was decided. EC v. United Kingdom, No 41178/08,  ECHR 846, 54 EHR 1. Add C- to indicate a decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) or its previous institution, if available; T- to indicate a decision of the Court of First Instance or its former body. Walter Goode, Dictionary of Trade Policy Terms, 4. Edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) sub verbo “re-exports”.
Example: Antares Shipping Corporation (complainant) complainant; and the vessel “Capricorn” (also known as the vessel “Alliance”), Portland Shipping Company Inc. and Delmar Shipping Limited (respondent) Respondents The following abridged version is also provided: King v. Low. Indicate the application number for decisions taken after 1999. Provide the application number for previous decisions, if available. Note: The case-law and publications of the European Court of Human Rights, the European Commission of Human Rights and the Committee of Ministers (resolutions) are available in the Court`s Case Database (HUDOC), accessible at . For acts adopted after the last revised Statute, the corresponding annual volume shall be indicated. This Act is published as chapter 1 of the Statutes of Canada, 2012.
Federal examples: Canada Transportation Act, SC 1996, c 10, s 102. Canada Transportation Act, SC 1996, c 10, s 112, 117-119, 121. Canada Transportation Act, SC 1996, c 10, Part III. The parties are listed as follows: Momentous.ca Corporation, Rapidz Sports and Entertainment Inc., Rapidz Baseball Club Inc. and Zip.ca Inc. (appellants) and Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball Ltd., Inside the Park LLC, Greg Lockard, Dan Moushon, Bruce Murdoch, City of Ottawa and Miles Wolff (respondent) Example: between: Evelyn Lorraine Smoliak (applicant) and: Clint James Smart, a baby of his guardian ad litem, Holly C. Saxelby and Carman Dion Kane (respondent). Provide a parallel citation to the European Reports on Human Rights (ESD) or the Yearbook of the European Convention on Human Rights (YB Eur Conv HR), if applicable. Where applicable, indicate in italics the title of any decision or report of the United Nations.
Abbreviate the series name as 2d for the second series, 3d for the third series, 4th for the fourth series, NS for the new series, etc. If there is no series name, this is the first series. SOR/86-438. Provisions of the Safe Containers Convention, SOR/82-1038. Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada, SOR/2002-156. Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada, SOR/2002-156, s. 35-43. Bill 53, Family Day Act, 4th Sess, 39th Parl (British Columbia), 2012 (assented to May 31, 2012), SBC 2012, c 24.
Use the common geographic name of a place without abbreviations. Replace the place name with its descriptive name, except for provinces and countries. Canada, Parliament, Senate, Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, Proceedings, 36th Parl., 1st Session, No. 7 (December 9, 1997). In one case, if you want to refer to a specific passage, you need to tell the reader where to find it. For older cases, you must refer to the page number in a printed legal report. More recent cases use paragraph numbers, both in printed legal reports and in online versions of the same case. Be careful when using databases such as Quicklaw or Westlaw – especially in older cases; These databases often use their own paragraph numbering systems, which would only be useful if the reader used the same database as you. British Columbia Regulation 10/2011. Juries Regulation, British Columbia Regulation 282/95. School Rules, BC Reg 387/2007, § ۴٫