Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on practice, research, writing and technology.

Unclear Days: Computing Time in Statutes and Regulations
Shawn Erker

What does it mean when a statute or regulation says that there must be “x days between” two actions? What about “at least x days between” two actions? In keeping with the relative, wibbly-wobbly nature of time itself, the answer sometimes depends on where you are. …

Research & Writing
Redundancy Redux
Neil Guthrie

Remanded back: I heard this on the CBC, and I’m hoping it hasn’t made its way into criminal lawyers’ writing: The suspect was remanded back into custody. The re­- prefix means ‘back’, so it is just remanded (and usually in custody, sometimes to, but not into). Similarly, not refer back – just refer. Ditto revert etc.

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