Citation of Statutes

All statutes enacted by the Legislature have a title, sometimes referred to as the long title. Virtually all public statutes and recent private and local statutes, other than amending statutes, also have a short title for convenience of reference. The short title is used in preference to the long title. Statutes may be cited by the long title or short title without reference to the chapter and year (unless that leads to an ambiguous reference).

Statutes are now cited by chapter and the calendar year. Traditionally, the statutes were cited by the regnal year. The chapter numbers are assigned by the Office of the Legislative Counsel after Royal Assent on the basis of the calendar year.

example
Chapter 1 of the Acts of 1995-96, the Education Act

[sometimes written as Education Act, Statutes of Nova Scotia 1995-96, Chapter 1 or Education Act, Stats N.S. 1995-96, c. 1 or Education Act, S.N.S. 1995-96, c. 1 or Education Act, 1995-96, c. 1]

For proper citation, consult the table below.

55th Assembly
56th Assembly
57th Assembly
58th Assembly
59th Assembly

The revised statutes of 1989, 1967, 1954, 1923 and 1900 are cited by year. The revised statutes of 1884, 1873, 1864, 1859 and 1851 are cited by series -- Fifth Series, Fourth Series, etc. The revised statutes of 1783 and 1767 are cited by year. In the case of the revised statutes of 1989, there is also the 1992 supplement which is in the 1992 annual volume.

example:
Chapter 1 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Accountant General of the Supreme Court Act or Chapter 1 of the Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, the Accountant General of the Supreme Court Act

[sometimes written as Accountant General of the Supreme Court Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia 1989, Chapter 1 or Accountant General of the Supreme Court Act, Revised Statutes 1989, Chapter 1 or Accountant General of the Supreme Court Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 1 or Accountant General of the Supreme Court Act, R.S. 1989, c. 1

A reference to a statute is deemed by law to be a reference to the statute as amended.

55th Assembly
Session Regnal Year Statute
Volume
Citation Chapters
1st 38 Elizabeth II 1989 1989 1 - 82
2nd 39 Elizabeth II 1990 1990 1 - 77
40 Elizabeth II 1991 1991 1 - 43
41 Elizabeth II 1992 1992 1 - 78

56th Assembly
Session Regnal Year Statute
Volume
Citation Chapters
1st 42 Elizabeth II 1993 1993 1 - 76
2nd 43 Elizabeth II 1994 1994 1 - 96
43-44 Elizabeth II 1994-95 1994-95 1 - 34
3rd 44 Elizabeth II 1995 1995 1 - 17
1995-96 1995-96 1 - 35
4th 45 Elizabeth II 1996 1996 1 - 20
Fall 1996 21 - 42
5th 46 Elizabeth II 1997 1997 1 - 14
6th 1997
(2nd Session)
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1998
1997
(2nd Session)
1 - 11

57th Assembly
Session Regnal Year Statute
Volume
Citation Chapters
1st 47 Elizabeth II 1997
(2nd Session)
----------
1998
1998 1 - 6
Fall 1998
Volume 1
7 - 20
Fall 1998
Volume 2
21 - 45
48 Elizabeth II 1999 1999 1 - 18

58th Assembly
Session Regnal Year Statute
Volume
Citation Chapters
1st 48 Elizabeth II 1999
(2nd Session)
1999
(2nd Session)
1 - 18
49 Elizabeth II 2000 2000 1 - 21
Fall 2000 22 - 41
2nd 50 Elizabeth II 2001 2001 1 - 27
Fall 2001 28 - 51
51 Elizabeth II 2002 2002 1-29
Fall 2002 30-43
3rd 52 Elizabeth II 2003
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2003
(2nd Session)
2003 1-24


59th Assembly
Session Regnal Year Statute
Volume
Citation Chapters
1st 52 Elizabeth II 2003
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2003
(2nd Session)
2003
(2nd Session)
1 - 8
53 Elizabeth II 2004 2004 1 - 54
54 Elizabeth II 2005** 2005 1 - 65

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