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Reference examples

Parties in the case [Year] Abbreviation of law report Page.

The examples below follow the accepted conventions for referencing law reports.

If the year is crucial to identify the report, enclose it in square brackets.


Jones v Smith [1934] All ER 123.

If the law report has a volume number, and so the year is not crucial to find the case, enclose it in round brackets:
Parties in the case (Year) Volume number Abbreviation of law report Page.


R. v Williams (1992) 2 WLR 32.

Citation examples

Law report

The first time that you cite a case in the main body of your text, refer to it in full, including the parties in the case, abbreviation of the law report and page number.

In the case of Jones v Smith [1934] All ER 123, the defence noted ...

Unless it would not be clear to which case you are referring, any subsequent citations need only refer to the parties in the case.

The judgement in the case of Jones v Smith shows ...

Common issues

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