1.10 Prepare a book of authorities

Last Reviewed: June 2023 Reviewed by: Court of Appeal Staff

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Rule 27 gives more information about books of authorities, including how to file a joint book with the appellant.

If you intend to refer to one or more authorities (e.g. legislation or a previous court decision that is similar to your case) at the hearing of the appeal or application, you must prepare a book of authorities.

Follow the paper or e-filing completion instructions for books of authorities.

You can choose to file your own book of authorities or you can agree with the appellant to file a joint book of authorities.

At least 30 days before the court hearing, you must:

  • File the book of authorities. If you file in paper you will need at least 5 copies – 3 for use of the court, one copy for your own use, plus one copy for each respondent if you are not filing a joint book of authorities.
  • serve one filed copy of the book of authorities on each appellant (if you are not filing a joint book) and on any other respondents.

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Completion instructions for book of authorities, paper or e-filing

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