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consult Chapter 12 of my book for more detailed
commentary on legal writing.
There is not very
much freely available online material on legal
writing. However, I do recommend the following sites
or freely available articles:
- Cheryl Stephens, Plain
Language Legal Writing (CBA):
(An International Association Promoting Plain
Aside from that,
some of my favourite print materials on legal writing
are listed below (links below for each title are to
the websites of the publisher or to Amazon, where
Books on legal writing or style more generally:
Books on contract drafting:
- Dick, Robert. Legal
Drafting in Plain Language, 3rd ed.
(Toronto, ON: Carswell, 1995).
Books on written advocacy
- Bullen & Leake &
Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings,
3rd ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2017.
Available from the publisher's website in PDF: Table
of Contents, Index.
- Harris, David et al, eds.
"Chapter 2: Pleadings" in BC
Civil Trial Handbook, 3rd ed.
Loose-leaf. (Vancouver, BC: Continuing
Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2005).
- How Do You Plead? Breaking
the Bonds of Boilerplate. (Toronto,
ON: Department of Continuing Legal Education, Law
Society of Upper Canada, 1994).
- Perell, Paul & John
Morden. "Chapter 5: Types of Actions, Pleadings
and Applications" in The
Law of Civil Procedure in Ontario, 4th
ed. (Markham, ON: LexisNexis,
2020) (available here on LexisNexis
Recent selected articles on written advocacy
- Van Kessel, Robert &
Edwin Upenieks. "Appendix A: Charts of Causes of
Action, Defences and Their Legal Elements"
Without Trial, 3rd ed. (Toronto,
ON: LexisNexis Canada, 2019).
- Christopher Rusnak, "Effective Legal Writing" in How
to Be a Great Litigation Junior 2019
(Vancouver: CLEBC, 2019).
- Daniella Murynka, "Write Less, Win More" (2016) 46
Adv. Q. 77.
- Adam Lamparello & Charles MacLean, "Beyond the
Rules: Creating Great Writers: Not Just Legal
Writers" (2014) 39:1 Can. L. Libr. Rev. 23.
Research and Writing:
Published: January 2016
Canadian Online Legal Dictionary (click here)