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Establishing a uniform system of legal citation allows for the efficient and reliable recognition of legal sources, an important requirement for the advancement of legal scholarship. In an effort to achieve reliability in referencing, the editors of the McGill Law Journal released the first edition of the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (Cite Guide) in 1986. Members of the Journal’s editorial and management boards update the Cite Guide every four years.  


The Cite Guide is an indispensable tool for legal writing and is widely used by practitioners, judges, academics and law students across Canada. It is the standard reference guide for most Canadian law journals as well as for many courts (see list below). A large number of Canadian law faculties also use it as a primary tool in teaching legal methodology.


The Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 8th Edition is published by Thomson/Carswell and can be purchased by clicking here.


Editions of the Cite Guide have been adopted by:

  • Alberta Law Review
  • Annals of Air and Space Law
  • Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform
  • Asian Journal of International Law
  • Canadian Bar Review ~ Revue du Barreau canadien
  • Canadian Class Action Review
  • Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law
  • Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Canadian Journal of Family Law ~ Revue canadienne de droit familial
  • Canadian Journal of Human Rights
  • Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence
  • Canadian Journal of Law Library Review
  • Canadian Journal of Law and Technology
  • Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal
  • Constitutional Forum Constitutionnel
  • Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies
  • Dalhousie Law Journal
  • Health Law Journal
  • Health Law Review (Alberta)
  • Indigenous Law Journal
  • Journal of Arbitration and Mediation ~ Revue d'arbitrage et de médiation
  • Journal of International Law and International Relations
  • Journal of Law and Equality
  • Journal of Law and Social Policy
  • Manitoba Law Journal
  • McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy ~ Revue internationale de droit et politique du développement de McGill
  • McGill Journal of Law and Health ~ Revue de droit et santé de McGill
  • McGill Law Journal ~ Revue de droit de McGill
  • Osgoode Hall Law Journal
  • Ottawa Law Review ~ Revue de droit d’Ottawa
  • Queen's Law Journal
  • Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees
  • Review of Constitutional Studies ~ Revue d’études constitutionnelles
  • Revue de droit de l’Université de Sherbrooke
  • Revue québécoise de droit international
  • Saskatchewan Law Review
  • Singapore Journal of Legal Studies
  • Singapore Law Review
  • University of British Columbia Law Review
  • University of New Brunswick Law Journal
  • University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review
  • University of Toronto Law Journal
  • Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues
  • Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice

As of first printing (April 2014), the courts listed below have adopted particular editions of the Guide, or have adopted the Guide with exceptions, as indicated. Please consult with the appropriate court directly in order to determine current practices.


Court of Appeal for British Columbia

Court of Appeal for New Brunswick ~ Cour d'appel du Nouveau-Brunswick

Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, Trial Division

Court of Appeal for Ontario

Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Supreme Court of Yukon

Territorial Court of Yukon


 Seventh Edition

 Seventh Edition with exceptions

 Sixth Edition



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