Legal dictionaries define legal terms and common words with special legal meanings. They also provide definitions of legal maxims and Latin terms. The definitions often include value-added information, such as a case reference or a citation to a relevant piece of legislation.
American and English dictionaries don’t always reflect Canadian usage.
Select current titles are listed below. A historical collection can be found at via HeinOnline's Legal Dictionaries .
Use general dictionaries when you need reliable definitions of common usage terms, or when you have exhausted possibilities for finding a legal definition.
In addition to using dictionaries for definitions, when appropriate consult:
• Legislation (definitions section and text of relevant statutes/regulations)
• The relevant Federal or Provincial Interpretation Act