How To Cite An Act Harvard Style Bibliography

The name and date of the legislation should be included within the text of your assignment, with additional information in the reference list.

UK Acts (Statutes)

Title of legislation including year

In text example:

This is governed by the Environment Act1995.

Reference list examples:

Environment Act1995

Each Act has a chapter number which you can also include:

Environment Act1995, Ch 25

If you are referring to a particular part of an Act, then include the section (s. or ss.), schedule (sch.) or paragraph (para) reference:

Environment Act1995, Ch 25, ss.5-11

Environment Act1995, Ch 25, sch. 1, para 2

Statutory Instruments (Orders, Rules and Regulations)

Title and year of Statutory Instrument (number)

In text examples:

Cite the title, year and number of the SI (Statutory Instrument) in italics – after the first mention you can refer to them by title/year or SI number. stated in the Insolvency Rules 1986 (SI 1986/925).

SIs are divided into articles (art.), rules (r. or rr.) or regulations (reg or regs):

...with reference to the Insolvency Rules 1986 (SI 1986/925) r.15(2).

Reference list examples:

Insolvency Rules 1986 (SI 1986/925)

Insolvency Rules 1986 (SI 1986/925) r.15(2)

Bills (proposals for legisation)

Short title (Parliamentary Session) Serial Number

In text example: described in the Harbours Bill HL Bill (2002-03).

Reference list example:

The serial number changes every time the Bill is reprinted. Include [ ] for House of Commons Bill numbers:

Health and Safety at Work (Offences Bill) HC Bill (2002-03) [38]

Harbours Bill HL Bill (2002-03) 24


Law students should be using the OSCOLA system to cite legal references (see below).

For Acts of Parliament, details to include are:

  • Short title in italics, or use the long title if there is one, year in italics, jurisdiction abbreviation (in round brackets) and section/s if applicable, e.g. Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) s.28 
  • Italics are not used for Acts of Parliament of other nations, e.g. Youth Work Act 2010 (Estonia)

For Bills, details to include are:

  • The name of the Bill and the Legislative Body- there are no italics, and the jurisdiction abbreviation (in round brackets), e.g. Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011 (Cth)

For Cases, details to include are:

  • Popular title of Case (in italics).
  • Year (in round brackets).
  • Volume number.
  • Reporter abbreviation.
  • First page number.
    James Hardie Industries NV v Australian Securities and Investments Commission (2010) 274 ALR 85

Please note
Students studying Law units at VU use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) - check with your lecturer

AGLC Guide


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