Introduction to Law in Canada, 2nd edition

  • Richard A. Yates
  • Ruth Whidden Yates
  • Penny Bain

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Designed for use in Introductory Law courses for non-majors in law. The course is found in Political Science departments in universities, and Law Enforcement, Paralegal, and Legal Secretary programs in community colleges.

This text introduces the legal principles that are basic to all major areas of the Canadian legal system. The integration of legal theory and practical application using current case law allow students to appreciate the impact that law has on all aspects of every day life. Introduction to Law in Canada provides a solid introduction to Canadian law and institutions and strikes a balance between theory and practice.

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter ends with a conclusion questions for discussion and review, notes, and further reading.)

Table of Cases.



1. The Roots of the Law in Canada.

Introduction. A Brief History of Law. European Civil Law. English Common Law. The Norman Conquest. Legal Theory in England. Nineteenth-Century Reforms. The Canadian Legal System. Legal TimeLine: Britain. Legal Timeline: Canada.

2. Sources of Canadian Law.

Laws Set a Minimum Standard. The Common Law. The Doctrine of Following Precedent. Equity. Statute Law. Interpretation.

3. Canadian Constitutional Law.

Canadian Constitution. Confederation. Legislative Process. The Constitution Act (1867).

4. Protection of Human Rights.

Human Rights Legislation. Provincial Human Rights Acts. Federal Human Rights Statutes. International Human Rights Legislation. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

5. The Courts.

Judicial Decision-Making. The Structure of Courts. Federal Courts. Federal Court of Canada. Civil Litigation. Pre-Trial Procedures. Criminal Procedure. Court Personnel.

6. Resolving Disputes Outside the Courts

Introduction. Administrative Law. Alternative Methods for Dispute Resolution.

7. Criminal Law.

Introduction. Nature of a Crime. Foundational Principles of Criminal Law. Rules of Evidence. Defences. Parties to the Offence. Types of Offences. Criminal Procedure. Young Offenders.

8. Tort Law.

Categories of Torts. Intentional Torts. Negligence.

9. Family Law and Estates.

Definition of a Family. Estates.

10. Contract Law.

Ingredients of a Contract. Factors Affecting the Contractual Relationship. Ending the Contract.

11. Commercial Relationships.


12. Property Law Rights.

Personal Property. Real Property.




Published by Pearson Canada (August 6th 1999) - Copyright © 2000