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AGLC - Referencing Guide

Cases - Reported

Rule 2.2 Reported Decisions

Year and Volume

  Include the year the decision was handed down in parentheses '( )' if law report series is organised by volume  (rule 2.2.1)

  Include the year in square brackets '[ ]' if law report series is organised by year

Law Report Series

  Always use the authorised version of the report where available (rule 2.2.2)

Start Page and Pinpoint Reference

  Include the first page of the report after the abbreviated form of the report series (rules 2.2.4)

  Include reference to a specific page, after the starting page, preceded by a comma and a space  (rule 2.2.5)

  Include reference to paragraph numbers (where present) in square brackets after pinpoint page number (rule 2.2.5)  

Rule 2.1 Case Names

  Include only surnames of individuals (rule 2.1.1)

  Include only first plaintiff and first defendant if multiple parties (rule 2.1.1)

  Use Commonwealth, Western Australia, Queensland, etc (rule 2.1.3)

  Use 'R' to abbreviate the Queen (rule 2.1.4)

  Use  a 'v' to separate party names

  Include full case name followed by shortened title (italicised and placed within single inverted commas and parentheses)

  Omit the case name in footnote citation if given in full in the essay text (rule 2.1.15)

Rule 2.2.1 Year and Volume

  Use parentheses around the year in which the decision was handed down  ( )  where the volumes of a law report series are organised by volume number

  Use square brackets around the year in which the decision was handed down  [ ]  where the volumes of a law report series are organised by year

  Include the volume number between the year and report series abbreviation if more than one volume is produced in a single year

Rule 2.2.2 Law report Series

The authorised version of the report should always be used where available.

The version of a case to be cited should follow the preference order below (from top to bottom):

Version Examples
Authorised report CLR, FCRNSWLR, VR,WAR
Generalist unauthorised report ALR, AJLR, FLR, ACTR
Subject-specific unauthorised report A Crim R, ACSR, IR, IPR
Unreported (medium neutral citation) HCA, FCA, NSWSC, VSC
Unreported (no medium neutral citation) See rule 2.3.2

 

 

Format

Standard format for footnote

Law report series organised by volume:

   Case Name  ( Year )  Volume   Law Report Series Abbreviation   Starting Page ,  Pinpoint  < URL >.

 

Law report series organised by year:

   Case Name  [ Year ]   Law Report Series Abbreviation   Starting Page ,  Pinpoint  < URL >.

 

Standard format for bibliography

Law report series organised by volume:

   Case Name  ( Year )  Volume   Law Report Series   Starting Page 

 

Law report series organised by year:

   Case Name  [ Year ]   Law Report Series   Starting Page 

 

Footnote Examples

1 Hot Holdings Pty Ltd v Creasy (1996) 185 CLR 149.

2 Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v TPG Internet Pty Ltd (2013) 250 CLR 640.

3 Unions NSW v New South Wales (2013) 252 CLR 530.

4 R v Reid [2007] 1 Qd R 64.

5 Commonwealth v Tasmania (1983) 158 CLR ('Tasmanian Dam Case').

6 Borg v Commissioner, Department of Corrective Services [2002] EOC ¶93-198.

7 Murphy v Overton Investments Pty Ltd (2004) 216 CLR 388, 402 [29].

8 Aldrick v EM Investments (Qld) Pty Ltd [2000] 2 Qd R 346 (Court of Appeal).