On May 30, 2013, the BC Court of Appeal issued a new practice directive that clarifies the Court’s requirements on legal citation.
Some of the key points mentioned in this directive include:
- Legal citation standards in the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (7th Ed.)(the “McGill Guide”) are required, except where the directive states otherwise.
- Periods are required to be used in citations even when not required by the McGill Manual.
- Citing to neutral citation first and where a neutral citation is not available, then citing to a printed reporter or electronic service first.
- Citations to a case from an electronic service should use that service’s citation format.
- A new citation format for looseleaf services is specified instead of the McGill Guide format.
- Counsel are encouraged to hyperlink case authorities in the electronic version of their factums to the Superior Courts judgments database, the Supreme Court of Canada collection or CanLII.
- Formal, legalistic language should be avoided,such as hereinafter, hereto and aforesaid as should excess capitalization.
These new rules are effective as of May 30, 2013. For a full copy of the changes, the directive PDF is available for download from the BC Courts website.