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8.3.3 Neutral citations

(a) Year

Cite Canadian neutral citations in accordance with rule 3.3, except that, following the Canadian practice, do not put the year in brackets. This distinguishes neutral citations from citations to printed report series.

Eg Canada Post Corp v Canada (Minister of Public Works) 2004 FC 1.

Eg Bruni v Bruni 2010 ONSC 6568.

(b) Availability

When available, use an official neutral citation before the report specific citation. If you are unsure whether a neutral citation is official, the tables in Appendix 3 indicate when the various Canadian courts adopted neutral citations.

Note that some earlier decisions have been given what look like neutral citations by the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII). These are not official and should not be used.

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