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Federal Courts Practice 2011

Format Hardcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-7798-2690-2
Pages 1273
Language English only
Price $136.00
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Prepared by Brian J. Saunders, B.A., LL.B, LL.M., Donald J. Rennie, B.A., LL.B., and Graham Garton, Q.C., B.A., LL.B.
Published by Carswell, 2010.

This is an annual publication. The 2011 edition was released October 2010. The 2012 edition is expected to be released in November or December 2011.


Description of last year's 2011 edition:

Federal Courts Practice 2011 continues the tradition of providing advice on a complete range of judicial review, trial and appellate proceedings. The introductory materials include a list of current judges and prothonotaries, locations of Registry offices across Canada, and procedural charts. Part 1 is a chapter explaining the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts. Parts 2 and 3 set out the Federal Courts Act and the Federal Courts Rules, supplemented by explanatory notes, references to related provisions and secondary sources, and annotations of relevant cases.

This edition also includes:
  • Full text of the Federal Court Act and Rules, as amended
  • Introductory chapter explaining the Courts’ jurisdiction
  • Digests of decisions, which interpret and apply the Federal Court Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
  • Digests of all the significant decisions that interpret or apply the Act and Rules
  • Practice directions issued by the Court
  • Unmatched, detailed, section-by-section commentary
  • Cross-references to other potentially relevant provisions
  • Index.
New in the 2011 edition:
  • Amendments:
    • Changes to rules 213 to 219 regarding summary judgment (SORS/2009-331). The amendments provide greater flexibility in the summary judgment rules and introduce summary trials.
    • New rules in respect of expert witnesses. The new rules contain a code of conduct for expert witnesses, require parties to raise known objections as early as possible, make expert conferences available on both applications and appeals, and allow the Federal Court to order panel of concurrent expert evidence in actions.
    • New rules to improve practice efficiencies, including: elimination of the need to file affidavits separate from application records in proceedings commenced as Part 5 applications; requirement for personal service of notices of appeal from the Federal Court to the Federal Court of Appeal; and, permitting the Registry to transmit decisions and orders electronically or by means other than registered mail.
  • Practice Directions:
    • Notice to Parties and the Profession setting out best practices in the preparation of memoranda of fact and law
    • Notice introducing two pilot projects. The first project involves the online confirmation of the status of and issues raised by motions to be heard at General Sittings of the Court. The second project establishes a mechanism to allow parties to submit draft orders to the Court electronically.
    • Practice Direction directing parties to be ready to deal with the issue of costs during the hearing of a motion, application or action.
This edition contains annotations of relevant cases as of June 1, 2010.

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