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Canadian statutes, cases, and legislation

The widely-accepted system for created citations to Canadian legislative materials (e.g., Parliamentary reports, cases, and legislation) is the McGill Law Journal's Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, which is also referred to as the McGill Guide. The McGill Guide is available on a two-hour reserve through the RRU Library and can be signed out at the Circulation Desk; however, if you're not studying on-campus, please refer to the Legal Citation Help Guide for an introduction to legal citations, as well as the UBC Law Library's Legal Citation Guide, which provides a comprehensive explanation of the McGill Guide's rules. The UBC Law Library's Legal Citation Guide also provides information on how to cite international law sources (e.g., United Nations' resolutions).

When you're creating a legal citation, please follow the format noted in the Legal Citation Help Guide; in other words, you don't need to format the legal citations to fit APA Style standards. For example, legal citations appear in footnotes, rather than as in-text citations (unless you're writing a legal memoranda or facta). If you are citing other types of resources (referred to as "Secondary sources", or "Non-parliamentary reports" in the UBC Law Library's Legal Citation Guide), please follow the APA Style rules.

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Additional resources

  • Finding and Citing Cases (Alan Franklin) is intended for use by students in the RRU Bachelor of Justice Studies program, but other students are welcome to read it to be introduced to legal citations.

The following activities use questions and examples to introduce the McGill Guide (9th ed.) reference format for common types of legal resources. Please follow the instructions in these brief exercises to check your understanding of McGill Guide (9th ed.) formatting and to learn more about references to cases and laws.