The purpose of this Guide is to provide a standard set of citation rules for the courts of Saskatchewan. It covers all of the basic citation structures. For citation questions not covered by this Guide, the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (the McGill Guide) should be consulted. Where this Guide and other style guides differ, this Guide prevails.
A Notice to the Profession outlines some of the most notable features of the Saskatchewan Guide:
- An emphasis on the importance of the neutral citation. If a decision has a neutral citation, it must be used.
- A requirement to identify an electronic source in a citation under certain circumstances.
- A streamlining of parallel citations. Along with the neutral citation, one print report must be cited if available. If there is no neutral citation, only one print report is cited.
- A hybrid approach to the use of periods in citations. All periods are removed from citations except those contained in proper nouns, including corporate names or abbreviations of individual names.
- A consistent approach to the use and format of short forms to identify case law or legislation that has been cited previously.
- A quick reference section, along with detailed explanations and examples of each citation pattern.
The Notice also makes it clear why the project was undertaken:
Saskatchewan has never had a single or standard set of rules for legal citations. Most courts and lawyers have used the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (McGill Guide). However, as a result of concerns with the seventh edition of the McGill Guide, a project was undertaken to develop a Saskatchewan legal citation guide. That initiative is now complete.
My congratulations to Ann Marie Melvie and Joanne Colledge-Miller for their work on this clear and sensible document.