The present post gives you a short summary of the primary and secondary legislation in the United Kingdom in accordance with the Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA, 4th edition). It could be particularly useful for students who are writing their dissertations over the summer and want to cite UK legislation. For more information, please see pp. 23-28 in the OSCOLA user guide.
© UK Parliament
UK primary legislation:
- Acts of the UK Parliament
- Acts of the Scottish Parliament
- Scottish Parliament Bills
- Acts of the Welsh Assembly (previously known as Welsh Measures)
- Welsh Assembly Bills
- Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly
(or previously, Acts of the Parliament of Northern Ireland)
- Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly
UK secondary legislation:
- UK Statutory instruments (previously known as Statutory rules, regulations
- Rules of court
- Statutory instruments of the Welsh Assembly
- Statutory instruments of the Scottish Parliament
- Northern Ireland statutory rules.
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In the following example, we demonstrate the subsequent citation of a case. The short form of the case name must be sufficient to identify the source.
If the full name of the case is given in the text e.g. AWB Limited v Honourable Terence Rhoderic Hudson Cole, the citation is provided in footnotes as follows:
74  FCA 571.
76 AWB Limited (n. 74).
Interpreting the footnotes:
74 As the name of the case is given in your text, it is not given in the footnote.
76 For subsequent citation, a short form of the case is sufficient to identify the source along with a cross-citation to the full citation.
Note that it is also acceptable to give the full citation every time a source is cited, and the Law School may prefer this to the use of short forms. Always consult your supervisor or course coordinator if you are uncertain about referencing and citing using OSCOLA.
For more information, see Page 5 in the OSCOLA user guide. For more OSCOLA examples, please follow the link here.
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