REFERENCING LEGAL DOCUMENTS
London: Blackstone, orThe Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities(found at http://denning.law.ox.ac.uk/published/oscola.shtml).
However, here are afewexamplesofciting andreferencing UK andEU legislation
using the Harvard Style:
UK Acts of Parliament (Statutes)
TheseareActspassedbyParliament,whicheventuallyreceiveroyalassentand become law. You would normally list the source in the full reference, as follows:
·Title of Act and year
·The part (pt) and section (s),and/or
·The schedule (sch)
and section (s)
Note:theyear:1998,doesnotappearinbracketsinthereference,asthedateis part of the title.
Forolderstatutes,theOxfordStandard suggestsitcanbehelpfultogivethe appropriate regnal year
and chapter number, e.g. Crown Debts Act 1801 (14 Geo 3 c 90),meaningthattheActwasgivenRoyalAssentinthe14th,
yearofthereignof George the Third, and was the 90th
Act given Royal Assent in that parliament, hence c 90).
A billisproposedlegislationbeforeParliament.Billsarecitedbytheirname,the ParliamentarySession,theHouseofParliamentinwhichitoriginatedandthe running order assigned to it, and any relevant sections or
subsections. HC= House of Commons; HL= House of Lords.
UK Statutory Instruments
These are orders and regulations linked to particular Acts.
These should be
referenced by name, date and serial number (where available). Subsidiarywordsinlongtitleswithinthein-textcitationmaybeabbreviated(see example below),
but the full title must be given in the reference.
EuropeanCommunity(EC)legislation(Regulations,DirectivesandDecisions),and other instruments (including Recommendations and Opinions) should be referenced by providing the legislation type, number and title, then publication details from the Official Journal (OJ) of the European Communities. Note: These references can be lengthy.
The capital letter 'L' above (Official Journal L) indicates the series stands for Legislation; the C series contains EU information and notices, and the S series contains invitations to tender (Oxford Standard p.18).
Extracted with Kind Permission of University Centre Grimsby and Yorkshire Coast's College Scarborough from their guidance "Definitive guide to Harvard referencing and Bibliographies”