The British Columbia Court of Appeal recently (May 30) released a practice directive dealing with the citation of authorities. Based on the McGill Guide, as you’d imagine, it sets out in detail what the court (the directive would have “Court”) requires, down to the level of periods and point size. Importantly, it recognizes the supremacy and sufficiency of the neutral citation, noting that “[a]dditional (parallel) citations are optional.” The directive also encourages the use of hyperlinked citations and requires citation to paragraph number rather than page number, inferentially acknowledging the death of print versions.
The comparable directive from the Ontario Superior Court is now almost two years old and should be updated to omit reference to citations to print versions, reflecting the robustness of CanLII, the neutral citation, and hyperlinking. That directive was well critiqued on Slaw at the time of its release by Ted Tjaden and those who commented on his post.