OSCOLA – Abbreviations commonly used in case names

When you are using OSCOLA referencing style, please remember that you can abbreviate common words and phrases in case names, i.e. use DPP for Director of Public Prosecutions or Co for Company.

The table below provides you with examples for abbreviations commonly used in case names. It is not a comprehensive list, so for abbreviations that are not in the list, please consult Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations database.

TIP! In OSCOLA, abbreviations do not have full stops.

Attorney General A-G
Anonymous Anon
Area Health Authority AHA
British Broadcasting Corporation BBC
Borough Council BC
County Council CC
Company Co
Commissioner/Commissioners Comr/Comrs
Co-operative Co-op
Corporation Corp
Crown Prosecution Service CPS
District Council DC
Department Dept
Director of Public Prosecutions DPP
European Communities EC
Executor Exor
Executrix Exrx
Health Authority HA
Her Majesty’s HM
Incorporated Inc
Inland Revenue Commissioners IRC
London Borough Council LBC
Limited Ltd
public limited company plc
The Queen (or King) R
Rural District Council RDC
Urban District Council UDC
Vice-Chancellor V-C

For more information, please read the following sections of  OSCOLA user guide (4th ed.): 1.6 Tables and lists of abbreviations, 1.6.1 Lists of abbreviations, 2.1.2. Case names and 4.2 Abbreviations.

Taylor Library Team
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