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Law and Legislation: Noting Up Legislation

Is it up-to-date?

Laws change over time. It is a good idea to check that your law has not been replaced or that a change (amendment) has been made. Even online versions on websites MAY be out of date.

You can check the websites for the laws for the federal and provincial governments for any recent activity relating to the law you are researching.

There may be a gap between the time legislation is approved by the government and the day it comes into effect. You need to be aware if the version of the statute you have omits or includes sections that are not yet in effect.

See the Bills tab for help finding out if there is a recent change or a change in process for the law you are researching.

Has it been discussed in a court case?

Noting up legislation refers to finding cases which apply or interpret an Act or a provision of an Act. Other terms for the same function include "case annotations", "legislation judicially considered", or "statutes judicially considered". Quicklaw gives you the ability to note up statutes online.

Once you have located a statute click on Citing Cases to note it up.

Keep up-to-date with Quickscribe

Quickscribe allows you to receive notification of changes to legislation you identify as relevant.

Law Tracker Tool

You can sign up to be notified the moment new amendments are made to legislation you identify as being relevant. You can also elect to be notified of New and Repealed Legislation.

Bill Tracker Tool

You can sign up to be notified when new legislation and proposed amendments are first introduced (1st reading) and again when (and if) the Bill achieves 3rd reading. Once notified, you will be provided with a direct link to the Bill so you can read the proposed amendments.