At least 30 days before the hearing date, the parties must file 5 copies of a joint book of statutes, regulations and authorities (the “joint book of authorities”) with the Registry. If the parties cannot agree on what to include in the joint book of authorities, they must file separate books, but ensure that their books do not overlap. For example, if the appellant decides to include a judgment in his book, the respondent must not include the same judgment. In practice, it is much easier to agree on a joint book of authorities.
How to Prepare the Book of Authorities?
If the parties agree to file a joint book of authorities, the cover must be burgundy. If the parties cannot agree on a joint book, they must use the same color for the cover as the color they used for their memorandum of fact and law.
The book of authorities should contain a table of contents and each document in the book should be separated by a numbered tab. Further, the pages of the book of authorities should be numbered consecutively. If the book of authorities refers to extracts of a federal statute or regulation, the extracts must be reproduced in both official languages.
The cases listed in the Court’s Common List of Authorities need not be reproduced in full. Instead, only the first page and the relevant pages need to be reproduced.
Last updated: November 4, 2015