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MLA Style: Statutes

"Students and scholars working outside the legal profession and using MLA style should follow the MLA format template to cite laws, public documents, court cases, and other related material. . . . Following one of the fundamental principles of MLA style, writers citing legal works should document the version of the work they consult—not the canonical version of the law, as in legal style. As with any source in MLA style, how you document it will generally depend on the information provided by the version of the source you consulted."

Gibson, Angela. "Documenting Legal Works in MLA Style." MLA Style Center, 5 April 2017,

The names of laws "are capitalized like titles but are not italicized or enclosed in quotation marks."

(MLA Handbook 69)

The MLA Handbook does not provide instructions on how to cite Canadian legal works. The examples here are based on "Documenting Legal Works in MLA Style" at the MLA Style Center.

Hyperlinking the URLs is optional.

Federal statute

Criminal Code. Revised Statutes of Canada, Justice Laws Website,

Revised Statutes of Canada. Criminal Code, Justice Laws Website,


Constitution Act, 1982. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Justice Laws Website,

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Constitution Act, 1982, Justice Laws Website,

Provincial statute

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. Statutes of British Columbia, BC Laws,

Statutes of British Columbia. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, BC Laws,