Editorial changes in Revised Statutes

Occasionally you may see minor changes in the wording of your statute provision with little or no explanation. Perhaps there are no amendment breadcrumbs to follow, or you may simply see the word “revised” among the source notes. What gives?

This post will cover the status and history of non-substantive changes made to Ontario revised statutes and Federal revised statutes, and address how researchers can detect them

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Revisions and Consolidations: There’s a Difference?

In our last post we explained how to manually craft point-in-time consolidations and highlighted one of the main tools we use: Revised Statutes.

Consolidated legislation can be crafted by the consolidator using the ‘cut and paste’ method  and it is also what you see on government web sites such as e-Laws and Justice Laws. A consolidation of a statute refers to the updating of a statute to discern what that statute or provision looked like at a point-in-time.

Now, what’s the difference between a consolidation and a revision? In this blog post we will highlight what statute revisions are by answering the questions below. But first!  A little history.

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Some Pointers: Building Point-in-Time Versions of Statutes

It might come as a surprise to some that before the inception of e-Laws and Justice Laws in the early 2000s, legislative consolidations were not produced for every statute each year. The Revised Statutes of Canada and the Revised Statutes of Ontario were the primary official tools responsible for updating and consolidating statutes and were produced every decade or so (give or take). So, when in need of legislative consolidations before e-Laws and Justice Laws and between these Revisions, they may have to be crafted rather than found.  

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