Duhaime's Legal Citations

NBQB - Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick (Canada)

January 2002 to date.

Official legal citation of published decisions of the Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick (Canada).

In 2002, the NBQB (a year after the NBCA), opted for a distinct database and Internet-friendly neutral citation: NBQB.

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.Q.B."

Regrettably, as it defeats the purpose of standardization, the NBQB 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: NBBR, for Cour du Banc de la Reine du Nouveau-Brunswick. Thus, any NBQB case may have a NBQB, NBBR 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 2002, all cases chosen for release to the public are assigned a permanent NBQB or NBBR 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 NBQB or, should we say, NBBR case:

Blanchard c. Légère 2002 NBBR 1


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