Practice Direction No. 5

Books of Authorities

Amendment Notice: 

Effective September 4, 2019, the Practice Direction No. 5 issued on April 2, 2012 is revoked and replaced by the Practice Direction No. 5 found below.

  1. Books of Authorities shall be filed when three or more cases will be relied upon. When filing one or two cases, there shall be a cover page indicating by whom they are filed.
  2. Books of Authorities shall include only the cases upon which counsel intend to rely in argument. The passages to be relied upon shall be underlined or sidelined in all copies.
  3. All possible efforts shall be made to ensure that the authorities provided to the Specific Claims Tribunal (Tribunal) by one party do not duplicate authorities provided by another party. Counsel are encouraged to exchange indexes for Books of Authorities to avoid duplication.
  4. Books of Authorities shall have a cover page indicating by whom they are filed. A joint Book of Authorities shall have a cover page indicating that it is a joint book. 
  5. Books of Authorities shall:
    1. be legibly reproduced on 8 ½ x 11 paper with one sheet per page;
    2. have a tab for each case (either numerical or alphabetical); and,
    3. include a table of contents.
  6. Books of Authorities for hearings, with the exception of hearings on applications, shall be filed not later than 15 days prior to the hearing, or as directed by the Tribunal.
  7. Books of Authorities for applications shall be filed not later than five days prior to the hearing, or as directed by the Tribunal.
  8. Parties may, in their discretion, limit the reproduction of an unduly long case to the specific passage(s) upon which they rely, together with the headnote. The specific passage(s) shall be underlined or sidelined per paragraph 2 of this Practice Direction. The parties shall file the full version of said case upon request by the Tribunal.

Honourable Harry Slade, Chairperson
Specific Claims Tribunal