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Chicago - Referencing Guide

Legal Materials


Business Law students should use this information when asked to cite Australian legal materials using the Chicago referencing style.

Other students, when asked to cite Australian legal materials using Chicago style, should also use this information.

If citing legal material sourced online, a full internet address should be included.

When citing unreported cases, the year should be enclosed in square brackets.

When citing legislation, the jurisdiction should be enclosed in round brackets.

When citing Hansard, If the speaker holds a position within a ministry or shadow ministry that is particularly relevant, this can be included in the citation.


Standard format for citation

Reported case:

Parties Names. Year. Volume (if any) Series Abbreviation Starting Page Number. Internet address, if applicable.


Unreported case:

Parties Names. [Year]. Unique Court Identifier Judgment Number. Date, Starting Page Number. Internet address, if applicable.



Title Year (Jurisdiction). Internet address, if applicable.



Jurisdiction. House. Year. Parliamentary Debates. Date, Starting Page. Speaker, Relevant Position Title, if applicable. Internet address, if applicable.


Reported case

Coleman v Richards. 1941. 43 WALR 21.

Unreported case

KJS v The Queen. [2016]. WASC 14, 30.

Legislation: Commonwealth

Domicile Act 1982 (Cth).

Legislation: State

Dog Act 1989 (WA).

Hansard: Commonwealth

Australia. House of Representatives. 2016. Parliamentary Debates. February 29, 2361. Clare O’Neil.

Hansard: State

Western Australia. Legislative Council. 2016. Parliamentary Debates. February 25, 821. Col Holt, Minister for Housing.$File/C39%20S1%2020160225%20All.pdf.