Shaunna Mireau on Canadian Legal Research

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October 05, 2010

On citation of legal information

As you may know, the McGill Guide - actually titled the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation - has a new 7th edition for 2010. This edition makes some significant changes to citation, and oh, change can be painful.

The lastest pain in change is that the editors of the 7th edition forgot to ask the courts that adopted the 6th edition if they wanted to adopt the 7th. Things happen. There is a reason for the "amend the pleadings" rules in the Rules of Court.

My take:

If you ware writing a paper, use the McGill 7th for your citation guide.
If you are writing for court, use The Preparation, Citation and Distribution of Canadian Decisions

Interested in the McGill discussion in the legal community?

Note Re: Adoption of the McGill Guide by Saskatchewan Courts Friday, October 1st, 2010 by Eva Warden
Citation Technology and the McGill Guide 7th Ed. Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 by John N. Davis
Citation Clarified? Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 by Shaunna Mireau
More From the McGill Guide Thursday, September 9th, 2010 by Shaunna Mireau
McGill Guide – New 7th Edition – What’s Different? Friday, August 20th, 2010 by Ted Tjaden
New 7th Edition of the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (McGill Guide) Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 by Ted Tjaden
The Full Stop in Legal Citation – Has Its Time Finally Come? Monday, August 3rd, 2009 by Gary P. Rodrigues