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Canadian Law: An Introduction, 7th Edition

  • Neil Boyd
  • ISBN-10: 0176724427
  • ISBN-13: 9780176724429
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2015, 2011, 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

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

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


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

eBook: Canadian Law: An Introduction  (ISBN-10: 0176832009 | ISBN-13: 9780176832001)
Online Only Instructor Resources for Boyd's Canadian Law: An Introduction  (ISBN-10: 0176831991 | ISBN-13: 9780176831998)

Student Supplements

eBook: Canadian Law: An Introduction  (ISBN-10: 0176832009 | ISBN-13: 9780176832001)