Researching British Columbia Statutes


The origin of new legislation

New legislation sponsored by the government, known as government bills, originates in government ministries. New legislation can also originate from bills sponsored by a member of the legislature, known as members bills, or from initiatives by private parties, known as private bills. This discussion is …

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Statute revisions

Traditionally, a general revision of the BC statutes has taken place every 15 to 20 years. The last general revision occurred in 1996.

The mandate of the revision committee, and the effect of the revision, is set out in the Statute Revision Act, RSBC 1996, c 440. …

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The nature of regulations

Subordinate legislation includes regulations, orders, directives, bylaws, and proclamations.

The Regulations Act, the Regulatory Impact Statement Act, and the Interpretation Act govern regulations. Section 1 of the Regulations Act defines a regulation as made under a power in an act where the word “regulation” …

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Judicial consideration

Best practices

Finding judicial consideration of a statutory provision (noting up) involves looking for decisions that have considered that particular statutory provision. References are located by using the citation to the legislation. If there is not much judicial consideration of the current version of the legislation, you can trace the …

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Statutory research texts

Rt Hon Michel Bastarache et al, The Law of Bilingual Interpretation (Markham: LexisNexis, 2008).

Stéphane Beaulac, Handbook on Statutory Interpretation: General Methodology, Canadian Charter and International Law (Markham: LexisNexis, 2008).

Stéphane Beaulac, Frédéric Bérard, Précis d’interprétation législative, 2nd ed (Markham: LexisNexis, 2014).

Francis AR Bennion & Oliver Jones, Bennion on

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