Congratulations to Lexis-Nexis Canada and a squadron of Canadian legal authors for achieving what many of us doubted that we would ever see, a contemporary Canadian legal encyclopaedia. Halsbury's Laws of Canada has reached its seventy-seventh volume as a statement of common-law Canadian law in English.
Lexis took over the ground floor bar at Toronto's Trump Hotel and flew in from the sunny California campus of Pepperdine University, the grand old man of Canadian tort law, Allen Martin Linden. And of course a Butterworths author and latterly a Lexis-Nexis author.
While AML delivered the one-liners, Halsburys is testament to the vision of Slaw's own Gary Rodrigues who launched the effort seven years ago thus: "With Halsbury's Laws of Canada, customers benefit from a powerful resource that appropriately and inclusively deals with each provincial jurisdiction and federal law," said Gary Rodrigues, [who was then] vice president, Publishing, at LexisNexis Canada. "It truly is a national publication designed to provide Canadian legal professionals with comprehensive and relevant legal information."
Here is an early presentation to the CBA's Research Section in Alberta on the strengths of the publication.
Press releases are usually replete with puffery, but this one issued today is in fact true:
“Written by the best legal minds in Canada, Halsbury’s Laws of Canada is the definitive statement of ‘black-letter’ law and the only comprehensive resource covering all Canadian jurisdictions,” said Anand Ablack, Vice President, Product Management and Publishing – Research Solutions, at LexisNexis Canada. “Halsbury’s titles have been cited with approval by every level of court in this country, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Halsbury’s is an invaluable resource for the legal profession in Canada.”