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English Law: Citation

Citation Manuals

Example Citations

The Bluebook Uniform System of Citation, 19th edition, offers explanation and examples in Table 2.  Page 318 of the 19th edition contains information related to the United Kingdom.


Case law:

For cases before 1865:

Somerset v. Stewart, (1772) 98 Eng. Rep. 499 (K.B.).

For cases after 1865:

Derby v. Weldon, (1989) 3 All. E.R. 118.

For cases after 2001:

Use medium neutral citation.  See Practice Direction (Neutral Citations), (2002) 1 W.L.R. 346 (Eng.).



E.g., for statutes enacted after 1963 (prior to 1963 include the regnal year after the date):

Airport Authority Act, 1965, c. 16 (Eng.) 


Statutory Instruments:

Patent Rules, 1958, S.I. 1958/73, art. 3, ¶3 (U.K.)

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