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NBPC - Provincial Court Of New Brunswick (Canada)


December 2002 to date.

Official legal citation of published decisions of the Provincial Court Of New Brunswick (Canada).

In 2002, the NBPC (almost two years after the NBCA), opted for a distinct database and Internet-friendly neutral citation: NBPC.

It may be, but it is not intended that it would be spelled in the traditional legal citation format, with periods, as in "N.B.P.C."

Regrettably, as it defeats the purpose of standardization, the NBPC maintains and promotes a mirror legal citation presumably to act in a politically correct manner as regards to those New Brunswickers of the French culture: NBCP, for Cour provinciale du Nouveau-Brunswick. Thus, any NBPC case may have a NBPC, NBCP or both as a legal citation, perhaps simple enough for New Brunswick but making the task of neutral citations all the more complex and difficult on the whole.

Since mid-December, 2002, all cases chosen for release to the public are assigned a permanent NBPC or NBCP number with the four-digit year followed by the English or French legal citation depending on the language of the original judgment, and then a sequentially assigned number which starts at "1" given to the first judgment issued.

To wit, the first ever NBPC case:

R. v. Bourgeois 2003 NBPC 1

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