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Harvard Referencing Style

Legal sources

Cases

General Format  

In-Text Citation & references
The name of the case is italicised and the year is placed in brackets.

Name of the case (Year) Reference details (including vol number, Abbreviated Reference Series,  Starting page number)
  
For specific page reference: use  the word 'at' instead of p.
Name of the case (Year) Reference details at Page number
 
Note: Legal cases are only included in a list of reference if they are important to an understanding of the work. In that case, it is preferrable to list cases separately under the subheading of "Cases". 
    
Example
 

In-Text Citation
The State of New South Wales v. The Commonwealth (1915) 20 CLR 54
Greutner v. Everard (1960) 103 CLR 177  at 181

References
The State of New South Wales v. The Commonwealth (1915) 20 CLR 54

 

Legislation: Acts & Regulations

The titles of pieces of legislation (Acts, Regulations, rules and by-laws should be cited exactly - do not alter spelling or capitalisation.
 
General Format
 
In-Text Citation: 
Title of the Act Year
Title of the Act Year (abbreviation of the jurisdiction)
 
References:
Title of the Act and Date of publication (abbreviation of the jurisdiction)
 
Note: Legislation is only included in a list of reference if it is important to an understanding of the work. In that case, it is preferrable to list separately under the subheading of "Legislation".       
    
Example
 
In-Text Citation: 
Residential Tenancies Act 1997
Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic)
 
Jurisdiction - There are two ways of clarifying jurisdiction in the text:
   1. Make it obvious in the text
       e.g. Victoria's Residential Tenancies Act 1997 ...
   2. Include abbreviated jurisdiction in brackets after the date
        e.g. Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic) ...
 
References:
Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic)

Bills

General Format 
 

In-Text Citation & references
Bills before parliament are "unpublished" at that stage, do not italicise the titles.

Bills are cited in-text by title.

Title of the Bill Year (Jurisdiction)
    
Example
 

In-Text Citation

Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2017 (Cth)

References
Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2017 (Cth)

 

Citing legal sources

Legal sources are usually included in a list of references only if they are important to un understanding of the work.

Legislation - Acts, Regulations, rules and by-laws, should be cited exactly - avoid altering spelling or capitalisation to suit the reference style.
Most Acts have a short formal title that can be used for citation purpose.

Case - The name of the case is italicised and the year is placed in brackets.

Jurisdiction:
Make it obvious in the text, e.g. Victoria's Equal opportunity Act 1995 prohibits' or place the abbreviated information in brackets after the date, (use Cth for Commonwealth Acts),e.g. the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) ...

Units of division (Pinpoint reference)

The basic units of division for Acts are sections. The abbreviations s., ss. can be used but should never appear at the beginning a sentence. The AGPS manual recommends the following style for citing divisions of Acts:
   Section 4 of the Commonwealth's Copyright Act 1968 ...
   In ss. 4-7 of the Copyright Act (Cth) ...
   The Copyright Act 1068, s. 4, ...

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