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Legal Citation

Citing Cases that are Freely Available Online

Legal materials, including cases and statutes, are increasingly available online for free, particularly from government agencies and tribunals. This is a boon in terms of audience accessibility, but when you are deciding whether to cite to an online case from such a source, remember to also consider how reliable and trustworthy the source is. The McGill Guide offers direction in how to cite to such materials. See section 3.14.2 of the McGill Guide for more details.

Where the case has not been reported, use style of cause, date, docket or number (if applicable), the designation "online:", court/tribunal abbreviation, followed by name of the homepage of that court/tribunal from which you retrieved the case.

Example:

Jovian Capital Corporation et al. (3 October 2013), online: OSC <http://www.osc.gov.on.ca/ >