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Canadian Law: An Introduction, 7th Edition

By Neil Boyd
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ISBN-10: 0176724427
ISBN-13: 9780176724429
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 7th

Canadian Law: An Introduction, seventh edition, is a core text for the Introduction to Canadian Law courses found in universities and colleges. It is written for students who do not want to become legal professionals but still need an understanding of the law. These students will pursue careers in criminology or other legal jobs such as customs officers, law clerks, etc. The text combines the basic building blocks of Canada’s public law system with broad social analysis of the legal order of Canada.


  • Revised to reflect current issues, Supreme Court rulings, and changes to legislation and case law. For example: • Updates to the code of conduct for legal professionals • R. v. Jordan Supreme Court ruling regarding the right to a timely trial • The Cannabis Act, regarding the decriminalization of recreational marijuana use

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author
  • PART 1: Role and Origin
  • Chapter 1: The Role of Law: What Is the Relevance and Purpose of Our Legal System?
  • Chapter 2: The Sources of Canadian Law: From the Magna Carta to the Plains of Abraham and on to the Specifics of Statutes and Judicial Decisions
  • Chapter 3: How Do Judges Interpret Ambiguous Statutes? Rules and Principles and Their Application
  • PART 2: Building Blocks of the Canadian Legal System
  • Chapter 4: The Constitution of Canada: The British North America Act, 1867, the Constitution Act, 1982, the Future of Federalism, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Chapter 5: Canada?s Courts: The Processes of Dispute Resolution
  • Chapter 6: The Study of Law, Lawyers, and Judges: The Evolving Nature of the Legal Profession
  • PART 3: Substantive Law
  • Chapter 7: Torts of Intention and Negligence: Private Law, Public Interest
  • Chapter 8: The Changing Family and Family Law: Marriage, Divorce, Support, and Custody
  • Chapter 9: Administrative Law: The State and Its Duty to Be Fair
  • Chapter 10: Criminal Law: Mens Rea, Actus Reus, and Changing Definitions of Crime
  • Appendix: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Glossary
  • Index