How to Cite the Charter of Rights

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The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a bill of rights rooted in the Constitution of Canada; it forms the first portion of the Constitutional Act of 1982. This charter is a legal document and intended to guarantee political rights to Canadian citizens, and is therefore cited slightly differently than non-legal documents.

Three Style Guides: Different Rules

  • MLA style refers to uniform legal citation styles for the country of the legislation, so for Canadian legal documents, the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 7th ed. should be used in this format: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s2, Part 1 of the Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 (UK), 1982, c11. Web). APA style cites legal sources as works with no author: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s 2, Part I of the Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 (UK), 1982, c 11. Chicago style varies little from APA style: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Part I of the Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 (UK), 1982, c 11.

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