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.
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Editions of the Cite Guide have been adopted by:
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