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F.C.A. - Federal Court of Appeal (Canada)

The acronym of a court (the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada) and also, now, a law report legal citation with the adoption of "FCA" as the neutral citation of the court.

2002 to date.

Decisions of the Federal Court of Appeal, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada).

In 2002, the Federal Court of Appeal, based in Ottawa, Ontario, opted for a database and Internet-friendly citation system: FCA, for the Federal Court of Appeal.

It is often presented without periods, especially for the purposes of electronic databases, as in "FCA"

Since 2002, all cases chosen for release to the public are assigned a permanent FCA number with the four-digit year followed by the FCA and then a sequentially assigned number.

Unfortunately, the Court has sacrificed usability at the altar of biligualism by sustaining a mirror legal citation, CFA,  for Cour d'appel fédérale, which is assigned to the French-language version of judgments. Thus, for any given FCA judgment, there can be either an FCA citation, a CFA citation, or both.


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