Legal Systems and Writing



Legal Systems and Writing
Legal System and Writing
Guides and materials on conducting proper legal research and effective written advocacy.
Banks on Using a Law Library,
6th Edition
The Canadian Legal System,
5th Edition
Canadian Abridgment User
Guides: Short Guide and Quick
Reference Guide
A guide to the essential information on
Canadian and English legal resources,
both primary and secondary, used in
conducting legal research.
This highly acclaimed introductory
work covers all aspects of Canada’s
legal system and its legal institutions.
Beginning with the nature and sources
of Canadian law, the author examines
the constitutional division of legislative
powers, and the impact of the Charter on
legislative authority. Separate chapters
detail the role and hierarchy of the courts,
the role of judges and lawyers, and the
principle of stare decisis in shaping judgemade law, with a special chapter on the
Quebec legal system.
The 5th edition has been completely
updated, including significant additions
to the sections on military law, changes
to the provincial court structure (i.e.
simplified procedures, case management
and court reform), incorporation of
formal and informal ADR, and key charter
and constitutional jurisprudence that
continues to shape the law in Canada.
“I found this work to be an excellent
introduction to the legal system and an
accessible guide to some of the basic
terminology, concepts and discourses of
legal education. Law students should find
the book’s extensive references and subjectspecific bibliographies to be particularly
valuable. Chapter divisions ensure that a
comfortable pace is maintained while at the
same time allowing the reader to focus on
areas of specific interest. Nonetheless, Gall
has produced a noticeably up-to-date, easyto-use introduction to the legal system that
should be on every law student’s bookshelf.”
– Matthew Canzer, Student-at-Law, University
of British Columbia, Faculty of Law
The Short Guide to the Canadian
Abridgment and Related Products is a
research guide to all current components
of the Canadian Abridgment. This latest
edition of the Guide for the first time
demonstrates how to use the components.
Margaret A. Banks and Karen E.H. Foti
Order # 9552503 $155
08/94 softcover 334 pages
The Canadian Abridgment
Canadian Court System Booklet /
Flipchart 2013
Updated in July 2013, this overview of the
Canadian court system, in both historical
and present-day Canada, may be used for
reference when assessing the weight to
be given to any particular case and for aid
when the case law deals with procedural
issues that may depend on the court
structures in existence at a given time.
The information is broken down between
court level and jurisdiction. Available in
two formats – a wall poster and a coil
bound, notebook-sized flipchart.
Order # 985687 $12
10/13 softcover coil bound
Gerald L. Gall
Order # 9241532 $75
08/04 softcover approx. 630 pages
Designed for use as a teaching aid and
reference tool, the Guide illustrates the
Canadian Abridgment services in relation
to the following research tasks:
• To find case law by legal issue
• To find case law by case name
• To find case law considering a word
or phrase
• To find the history and judicial
treatment of a case
• To find the judicial treatment of a
statute, regulation or rule of practice
• To find legislative history
• To find legal literature
For each research task, the Short Guide
contains a description of the appropriate
print product, along with illustrations
and complete instructions of the twostep research process. This is followed
by a description of the equivalent online
component of the Canadian Abridgment,
with detailed instructions and screen
captures explaining the corresponding
functions and steps to online research on
Westlaw Canada.
Legal System and Writing
The Quick Reference Guide to the
Abridgment and Related Products provides
a quick overview of the print research
process. For each research task, the
Quick Reference Guide describes the
appropriate print product and provides
a flow chart illustration of the steps
involved in a complete search.
These research tools will prove a
valuable reference in understanding the
Abridgment suite of products, and assist
in teaching the many research functions
the Abridgment provides.
Copies of both the Short Guide and the
Quick Reference Guide have been sent to
all subscribers to the print Abridgment.
LawSource subscribers who are not
Abridgment subscribers will receive a
copy of the Short Guide.
For our full range of the Canadian
Abridgment offerings or if you would like
to order additional copies of the Short
Guide or the Quick Reference Guide, please
contact The Canadian Abridgment
Editorial Helpdesk at 1-800-463-4106 or
(416) 298-5140 (in Toronto).
Canadian Guide to Legal Style
Queen's Law Journal
The Queen's Law Journal is one of
Canada's leading refereed law reviews,
publishing high-quality legal scholarship
in English and French. It is run by a
student board of editors under the
supervision of a faculty advisor. The
Journal has an international readership
and can be accessed in several legal
databases, including Westlaw, LexisNexis,
HeinOnline, Gale and EBSCO.
This Style Guide sets out guidelines
based on best practices in Canadian legal
writing, with a view to ensuring clarity,
consistency and readability. It was first
prepared by the Journal's editors several
years ago as an in-house document, and
has been expanded and refined
by members of the 2012-2013 and
2013-2014 editorial boards. It is designed
for use by students, law journal editors,
academics and others who do scholarly
and professional legal writing.
Order # 986403 $30
08/14 softcover 60 pages
Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal
Citation, 8th Edition/
Manuel canadien de la référence
juridique, 8e édition
McGill Law Journal / Revue de droit de McGill
Now available online
This practical book is a bilingual and
bijuridical guide to citation of legal
materials. Now in its 8th edition, the
guide provides a straightforward, uniform
approach to citation of government
documents, case law, legislation,
periodicals, monographs and other
secondary materials across all jurisdictions.
This guide has been adopted by various
courts and major law reviews across the
country, establishing itself as an important
tool for legal research and writing.
New in this edition
• A new section in the General Rules giving
guidance for citing to online sources
• A new section providing a rule for “point
in time” citations for legislation
• A wholesale reorganization of the
Government Documents rules to
provide clarity, especially for NonParliamentary Documents
• A greatly expanded section on online
sources, including forms for blogs,
Twitter, and online video (including a
pinpoint form)
And the new 8th Edition gives you
even more–online access. Now you
can quickly search to find the citation
you are looking for, easily link between
citation rules and the related appendices,
highlight important text and include your
own annotations to keep track of citation
styles. Hosted on WestlawNext® Canada,
researchers will be able to easily reference
the guide when conducting research. Call
your academic sales rep to see how your
school can get online access.
Legal System and Writing
Ouvrage des plus pratiques, le Manuel
canadien de la référence juridique est
un guide bilingue sur la référence aux
documents juridiques, tant en common
law qu’en droit civil. Nouvellement publié
dans un 8e edition, le Manuel propose
une méthode directe et uniforme quant
à la manière de citer les documents
gouvernementaux, la jurisprudence,
la législation, les périodiques, les
monographies et autres documents de
source secondaire en provenance de tous
les pays, territoires et provinces. Le Manuel
canadien de la référence juridique a été
officiellement adopté par les principales
revues de droit au Canada, se révélant
en tant qu’outil indispensable pour la
recherche et la rédaction juridique.
Order # / No de commande 986075 $66
07/14 softcover coil bound / couverture souple
(spirale) approx. / env. 620 pages 978-0-7798-6075-3
Canadian Tax Research: A
Practical Guide, 5th Edition
Ted Cook, M.B.A., LL.B.
Canadian Tax Research: A Practical
Guide provides a practical framework for
researching and answering tax questions
and provides an extensive compilation
of the information sources available for
use in researching those questions. It is a
valuable resource for students and new tax
practitioners who need some guidance in
conducting tax research problems.
There are so many sources to conduct
effective tax research that beginning to
solve a tax problem is a daunting task. This
book will help a person confronted with
a tax question to develop a game plan
for conducting the tax research needed
to answer that question, to know what
resources are available and how to use them.
The book is organized to closely replicate
the steps generally followed in solving a
tax problem, structured as follows:
• Introduction to Tax Research: outline of
the process of conducting tax research
– gathering the facts of the situation,
identification of the issues, analysis
and conclusion
• The Act: description of the structure
of the Act and how to approach the
interpretation of its provisions
• Other Statutes: description of other
statutes such as the Charter, Excise
Tax Act, tax treaties and provincial
tax legislation that may be relevant in
conducting tax research
• Case Law: sources, citation, reading
and interpretation
• Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Publications: discussion of CRA
publications and how to use them in
tax research
• Other Secondary Sources of Research:
discussion of other sources including
government, publishers, associations,
commissions, foundations
• The Goods and Services Tax and Other
Taxes: primary and secondary sources
for GST research
• Sample Problem: step-by-step
approach through a sample tax
problem for which the solutions lie in
many different sources
• Appendix: comprehensive reference
lists and descriptions of sources of tax
research materials and where they can
be found.
Order # 982863 $70
08/10 softcover 272 pages
Finding and Managing Legal
Information on the Internet,
Second Edition
David Whelan
This is a practical guide for lawyers, judges,
law librarians, law students and anyone
else interested in finding information
online faster and managing it better.
Get tips that will help you find both law
and related business information faster.
This text will also help you stay on top
of technology trends, monitor current
awareness resources and organize your
research for quick retrieval in the future.
Learn more about:
• Legal information sources
• Browser extensions, free add-ons and
• Staying on top of changing
information with RSS and other tools
• Research organization and retrieval
• Mobile legal research
The author, David Whelan, is the Manager
of Legal Information at The Law Society
of Upper Canada. He has spent his career
working with information and technology.
Order # 804565 $45
03/12 softcover approx. 230 pages
Canada Law Book
Legal System and Writing
How to Understand Statutes and
Introduction to the Law and
Legal System of Canada
Provides an introduction to the rules
governing the reading and interpretation
of statutes, by-laws and other forms of
legislation in Canada. Written in clear,
direct language, the book will assist
lawyers and others in understanding the
impact statutes have on their professions
and their clients’ business activities.
The authors systematically explain the
elements of each statute, including the
preamble, headings, marginal notes,
definitions, the organization of sections,
subsections and paragraphs, and how
they contribute to the meaning of the
Act. This is followed by coverage of the
special rules developed by the courts in
interpreting legislation such as the plain
meaning rule, the purpose approach,
the class or category rule, the express
inclusions or implied exclusions rule, and
the words of similar meaning rule.
This introductory text is demystifies the
law and to provide information on the key
components of the Canadian legal system,
including chapters on:
Michael I. Jeffery, Kenneth Harril Gifford, and
Donald James Gifford
Order # 9553216 $109
08/95 softcover 252 pages
Nancy McCormack, B.A., M.A., M.L.I.S., J.D.,
LL.M. and Melanie R. Bueckert, LL.B., LL.M.
• The nature of law and competing
theories of law
• Legal pluralism – how the Canadian
legal system interacts with various
religious legal systems
• Sources of Canadian law including
legislation and caselaw
• The legal history of Britain, the
reception of English law in Canada,
the history of civil law in Quebec, and
the bijural system
• The Constitution and the Canadian
Charter of Rights and Freedoms
• The structure of Canadian government
• Courts across Canada and the work of
judges and lawyers
• Problems regarding access to justice
• Substantive law including criminal law,
property law, contract law, and tort law
• Procedural laws governing civil
disputes and criminal prosecutions
Order # 985330 $73
01/13 softcover approx. 260 pages
Introduction to the Study of Law,
7th Edition
Stephen Waddams
This book presents the fundamentals
of formal legal study by introducing
the reader to legal problem solving
and providing an understanding of the
language of law. It also surveys the
structure of the legal system in Canada,
the sources of our laws and the distinction
between public and private law.
This edition has been brought fully up to
date to take account of changes in the
court structure and in the administration
of the profession. The author addresses
developing issues such as specialization in
the legal profession and contingent fees.
References are also included to
recent judicial decisions and to recent
academic writing.
Whether researching law as a career,
familiarizing yourself with the role of
lawyers or looking for a concise explanation
of the Canadian legal system, Introduction
to the Study of Law, 7th Edition is the perfect
resource for insight and perspective.
Order # 982906 $63
12/10 softcover approx. 220 pages
Legal System and Writing
La recherche en fiscalité
canadienne, 3e edition
The Law of the Written Word: A
Legal Guide for Writers in Canada
Legal Drafting in Plain
Language, 3rd Edition
La fiscalité est un domaine de plus en plus
complexe, puisqu’il exige du praticien non
seulement de solides connaissances de
base et une mise à jour constante de cellesci, mais également d’excellentes aptitudes
à la recherche. Cet ouvrage destiné à la
recherche en fiscalité répertorie les sources
documentaries disponibles, présente
de façon détaillée les différents outils –
traditionnels et informatiques – permettant
de repérer et d’analyser celles-ci puis
explique comment citer ces références.
The Law of the Written Word: A Legal
Guide for Writers in Canada is the first
on this particular topic in Canada. It is a
comprehensive guide to the workings of
the Canadian legal system, including the
courts, criminal law, the law of copyrights,
defamation, freedom of speech and the
basic workings of the Charter of Rights,
and basic principles of contract law from
the perspective of professional writers
carrying on their work as a business, and
as a reference for professional writing
students. A concluding chapter covers the
professional responsibilities of writers in
society. The book includes a set of sample
exam questions that cover the various
concepts discussed in the book, providing
an invaluable study aid for professional
writing students studying the basic
concepts of the legal system and law.
This acclaimed publication examines
the principles and techniques of plain
language drafting in the context of legal
documentation. The work addresses
the special problems of legal language,
and presents a code of 33 drafting
rules designed to achieve both clarity
and precision in legal drafting. The
author explains how to avoid undue
wordiness, excessive legalese, contextual
ambiguities and unnecessary provisos,
and the use of proper paragraphing,
headings and design elements. Includes
numerous examples and diagrams.
Marie-Pierre Allard
Cette troisième édition comporte
également une nouvelle partie consacrée
à la méthodologie de recherche et de
rédaction des divers types de documents
qu’un fiscaliste peut être appelé à rédiger.
Le praticien y trouvera une méthodologie
complète, incluant l’évaluation, la sélection
et l’analyse de la documentation, la
préparation d’un plan de rédaction détaillé
et la rédaction proprement dite du texte.
Un ouvrage unique au Canada, en
français, qui sera utile à tous les
professionnels de la fiscalité, qu’ils soient
juristes, administrateurs, comptables
ou économistes.
Douglas R. Mah and Jason J.J. Bodnar
Robert C. Dick, Q.C.
Order # 9553097 $89
08/95 softcover 294 pages
Order # 985556 $98
10/13 softcover approx. 800 pages
No de commande 982767 70 $
08/11 couverture souple 522 pages
Legal System and Writing
Lexique juridique françaisanglais Termes courants du droit
public et privé / English-French
Glossary of Legal Terminology
Terms Commonly Used in Public
and Private Law
L. Pollak
Un ouvrage bilingue et de format pratique
qui sera d’une utilité indéniable aux
traducteurs juridiques, aux interprètes
judiciaires, aux secrétaires juridiques et à
tous les spécialistes du droit en général. Les
domaines suivants sont traités : sources et
branches du droit ; l’appareil judiciaire ; le
droit pénal ; le droit de la famille ; le droit du
travail ; le droit des affaires ; les contrats, les
obligations et la propriété.
No de commande YB9233459
56 $
03/96 couverture souple 196 pages
Éditions Yvon Blais
A Plain Language Handbook for
Legal Writers
Christine Mowat
A Plain Language Handbook for Legal
Writers provides a practical, workshop-ina-book approach to the techniques of clear
writing for legal professionals, academics,
students of the law and the judiciary.
The first five chapters of the Handbook
establish a context for plain language,
defining the term “plain language” as
establishing a theoretical framework
for readers to develop plain language
documents, providing techniques for
making inclusive language a part of the
plain language approach, and documenting
various methods of evaluating and fieldtesting in-house documents.
The second section of the Handbook
applies plain language techniques to key
sample documents – legislation, wills,
contracts, by-laws, collective agreements
and “public” forms, with before and after
samples to illustrate a range of models.
Also included is a Toolbox, a comprehensive
set of practice exercises designed to help
the legal writer self-diagnose the strengths
and weaknesses in writing, with assistance
to overcome the problems. The book
includes a section on the future of plain
language and an extensive bibliography of
other resources to consult.
Order # 9239074 $137
12/98 softcover 320 pages
New Edition
The Practical Guide to Canadian
Legal Research, Fourth Edition
Nancy McCormack, B.A., M.A., M.L.I.S., J.D.,
LL.M., John Papadopoulos, B.Sc., J.D., M.I.St.
and Catherine Cotter, B.A. (Hons.), LL.B.,
Founding authors (1st and 2nd editions):
Jacqueline Castel and Omeela Latchman
Now in its fourth and completely revised
edition, this essential guidebook to legal
research introduces users to the various
legal research materials available to
lawyers, law students, law clerks and
legal academics. It teaches readers
efficient legal research skills, and acts
as a reference source by providing some
of the essential background required to
research specific areas of the law. Along
with detailed research strategies, a
comprehensive checklist is included.
This edition provides in-depth information
on such key secondary sources as
Canadian legal encyclopedias and the
Canadian Abridgment, in addition to
books and periodicals. Case law along
with statutes and the Constitution are
also discussed in detail. Electronic
tools are covered throughout the book. Expanded chapters on American and U.K.
legal research as well as new information
on Quebec, Australia and New Zealand
provide additional information to
the researcher. A chapter on writing
guidelines and a selective bibliography
round out and complete this key
research tool.
Order # 986499 $107
03/15 softcover approx. 600 pages
Legal System and Writing
A Quick Guide to Researching
Canadian Statutes, The Canadian
Take this portable guide with you to the
library, the classroom, or even home.
Save endless hours of research time
looking through multiple sources for
the same information. All the legislative
basics you need are in one convenient,
easy-to-access guide:
• The major issues covered by the
Constitution, including the division
of powers between the federal and
provincial governments, a brief
description of the Canadian Charter of
Rights and Freedoms, and a list of the
eight formal procedures for amending
Canada’s Constitution
• Flowcharts depicting the progress of
bills through federal and provincial
statutes and their enactment as laws
• Step-by-step guide to updating (in
print and online) federal and provincial
statutes, divided by jurisdiction
• Useful print and online resources
to aid researchers in tracking the
progress of federal and provincial
statutes, as well in updating statutes
to reflect the latest amendments and
developments in the law
Order # 9244094 $12.39
07/06 softcover cerlox 36 pages
Updating Statutes and
Regulations for All Canadian
Jurisdictions, 5th Edition
La mise à jour des lois et
règlements à travers le
Canada, 5e édition
Nancy McCormack and Nathalie Léonard
A comprehensive, fully bilingual guide to
updating Statutes and Regulations for all
Canadian jurisdictions.
This edition includes:
• Detailed information on researching
historical legislation.
• Information on researching local and
private acts.
• Detailed information on updating
statutes and regulations using both
print and online sources
Writing for the Court
James Raymond, Ph.D.
This handy manual, written by an authority
on legal writing, provides quick and ready
guidance on preparing effective and
succinct briefs, clear written advocacy
and written judgments. Written in an
informal and highly readable style, the
book provides invaluable insight on proper
sentence and paragraph structure, style
and legal reasoning, among other topics.
Order # 982822 $65
09/10 softcover 200 pages
Each chapter is organized by jurisdiction
and gives directions on how to find bills
and how to check for proclamation.
Un guide complet et bilingue concernant
la mise à jour législative dans toutes les
provinces et tous les territories du Canada.
Le nouveau contenu comprend:
• Des renseignements détaillés sur la
recherche des historiques législatifs;
• De l’information sur la recherche des
lois locales et privées;
• Des explications détaillées sur le suivi
des lois et des règlements en utilisant
les sources imprimées et en ligne.
Chaque chapitre est organisé par province
ou par territoire et offre des instructions
sur la façon de trouver des projets de loi et
sur la méthode pour vérifier leur sanction.
Order # / No de commande 984932 $94
03/12 softcover / couverture souple 480 pages
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