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Abridgment: In legal literature, a summary or digest of a court case.
Many publishers provide compilations of these summaries or digests
organized by topic or theme. A well-known cas e law digest in Canada
is Carswell’s Canadian Abridgme nt, available in print, on CD-ROM, and
on WestlawNext Canada (by subscription). It has summaries of Can-
adian court decisions, organized by topic. LexisNexis Quicklaw h as
an online digest service in its Canada Digest database. See Chapter 2,
Section E, for more information on abridgments.
Bill: A draft piece of legislation introduced in the applicable legisl ature.
Most often, it is the ruling par ty that introduces draft legislation, but
members of the Opposition can al so introduce bills; however, Oppos-
ition bills generally do not pass the requisite three readings needed to
become law if they are too controversial. Bills can be public (if they are
of general application) or private (if they affect only one organization
or entity). A bill must pass all three readings a nd come into force prior
to the proroguing of the legislature to become law. See also Prorogued.
Blog: Shorthand for “weblog,” a website containing posts or entries on
particular topics. Ent ries are usually displayed in reverse ch ronological
order and allow comments to be added to each post. The Canad ian Law
Blogs List ( lists hundreds of Canadian l aw-related

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