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The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a Canadian law, so authors should use the to the McGill Law Journal's Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation rules, not the APA Style rules, to cite the law. For information on the McGill Guide rules, please see Canadian Statutes, Cases, and Legislation, and in particular, General Rules of Legal Citations. In-text citations to legal documents are presented as footnotes:

Citation with pinpoint (e.g., "s 8"):

1Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s 8, Part 1 of the Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 (UK), 1982, c 11.

The McGill Guide asks authors to provide bibliography entries, which is different than the references required by the APA Style rules. If you are working with both the McGill Guide rules and the APA Style rules, please check with your instructor to ask if you should include the bibliography entry for the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the list of references or create a separate bibliography for legal documents.

Bibliography entry

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Part 1 of the Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 (UK), c 11.