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Criminology 1160 & 2260: Primary Legal Sources: Finding Legislation (Statutes, Regulations, Bills)

Federal Legislation (Free)

Statutes & Regulations (Free)                                            

There are several ways to access federal statutes and regulations online. The Consolidated Statutes and Regulations are available online through the Department of Justice. As of June, 2009, this version is considered to be "official", which means that the statutes linked to this site may be used for evidentiary purposes. These statutes are updated weekly. 

Canadian statutes and regulations may also be found for free in the CanLII database's Statutes and Regulations of Canada. The statutes and regulations here are not as up-to-date as those on the Department of Justice's Consolidated Statutes and Regulations, although they are updated regularly. CanLII is funded by Canadian law societies and foundations.

 

Bills (Free)

Proposed statutes or amendments to existing statutes are presented to the House of Commons, Senate or legislature as bills. Bills of both the Canadian Senate and the House of Commons are available through the Parliament of Canada's website.

Federal Legislation (Fee Based)

Statutes & Regulations  

(Fee based; Free for students / faculty)

                              

The most current version of the statutes and regulations of Canada is in the fee-based Quicklaw database. Because the Douglas College Library has a subscription to Quicklaw, there is no charge to students or faculty to use the database. However, you'll need to log in with your name and student number or employee number to use it from off campus locations.

Quicklaw allows for some fairly sophisticated searching. See the link below for a quick guide to using Quicklaw.

Provincial (BC) Legislation (Free)

Statutes & Regulations (Free)   

There is no "official" online version of the Statutes of British Columbia. The official version is only available in print through the BC government's Queen's Printer. However, online versions are available for private study and research.

BC Laws, under the direction of the Queen's Printer, provides free public access to the current laws of British Columbia. This unofficial, but current consolidation of the statutes and regulations of BC is updated every seven to 14 days.

British Columbia statutes and regulations may also be found for free in the CanLII database's Statutes and Regulations of British Columbia. The statutes and regulations here are updated using information from BC Laws,  and so are not completely current.  However, for the purposes of study and research at Douglas College, both BC Laws and CanLII's Statutes and Regulations of British Columbia are extremely useful resources.

 

Bills (Free)

BC provincial bills are available through the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. As with federal bills, each provincial bill must pass three readings in the BC legislative assembly and receive royal assent before it is passed into law.

Provincial (BC) Legislation (Fee Based)

Statutes & Regulations

(Fee based; Free for students / faculty) 

Like the statutes and regulations of Canada, the most current version of the statutes and regulations of British Columbia is in the fee-based Quicklaw database.  Because the Douglas College Library has a subscription to Quicklaw, there is no charge to students or faculty to use the database. 

Another online source for current BC statutes and regulations BC Laws.

Since both of these databases are subscription services, you'll need to log in with your name and student number or employee number to use them from for free from off campus locations.