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APA - Referencing Guide

Legal Materials


In the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010), Appendix 7.1 References to Legal Materials advises:

"References to legal materials... which include court decisions, statutes, other legislative materials, and various secondary sources, are more useful to the reader if they provide the information in the conventional format of legal citations" (p. 216).

For this reason, all students, when asked to cite Australian legal materials using APA Style, should follow the examples below and for further examples refer to the AGLC - Referencing Guide.


Reported cases in a series organised by volume

(King v Philcox (2015)) OR King v Philcox (2015)

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King v Philcox (2015) 255 CLR 30

Reported cases in a series organised by year

(Mond v Lipshut [1999])  OR  Mond v Lipshut [1999]

Reference List
Mond v Lipshut [1999] 2 VR 342

Commonwealth legislation

Corporations Act 2001 s 1 OR Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) s 1

Reference List
Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)

State legislation

Land Tax Act 2002 s 1 OR Land Tax Act 2002 (WA) s 1

Reference List
Land Tax Act 2002 (WA)

United Nations materials

Official/legal documents, such as resolutions, treaties, Charter of the United Nations, official reports or records should follow AGLC Rules 8 (Treaties) or 9 (United Nations Materials).

Other documents should be cited as per their format: Internet/website material, journal articles, press releases, publications, etc..

The UN provides information on how to reference its documents.
Wherever it mentions The Bluebook (U.S. legal referencing rules), replace this with the relevant AGLC rule.