Legal Citations – The Neutral Citation (McGill Guide, 3.5)

Neutral citations are assigned by the courts as they render their judgments. They allow us to identify a case without reference to a printed reporter. A neutral citation indicates:

However, a neutral citation does not provide the information required to actually locate the case (i.e. the reporter information).

Nevertheless, the neutral citation is incredibly helpful when searching for case law electronically.

But remember, a core citation to a printed reporter is still required according to the McGill Guide.

Fig 1.1 Neutral Citation

Screenshot of the Quicklaw website, showing an example of a neutral citation.

Remember, neutral citations are a relatively new creation.

Consult chapters 3.1 and 3.2 of the McGill for more information.