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Harvard Referencing Style

Legal sources

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

 

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), section number(s), reprint number, Publisher, Place of Publication.
 
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: 
Victoria's Residential Tenancies Act 1997 ...
Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic) ...
 
References:
Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic), ss. 167-187, reprint 2, Anstat, Melbourne.

 

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Bills before parliament are "unpublished" at that stage, do not italicise the titles.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)

 

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Citing legal authorities

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

Legislations - 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 Cwlth for Commonwealth Acts),e.g. the Copyright Act 1968 (Cwlth) ...

Units of division:
For sections for acts and regulations, the abbreviations s., ss., r. rr. can be used although they should not appear at the beginning of a sentence.
Examples:
In ss. 4-7of the copyright Act 1968 (Cwlth) ...
The copyright Act 1968, s.4, ...

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