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OSCOLA, a UK Standard for Legal Citation

  • Sandra Meredith


OSCOLA, the Oxford Standard for the Citation Of Legal Authorities, was first devised in 2000. The fourth edition, published in November 2010, includes for the first time guidelines for citing Scottish, Irish and Welsh cases and legislation, historical legal sources and new media such as blogs. It also provides more extensive general advice about using quotations, managing and cross-referencing footnotes and organising bibliographies and tables of cases and legislation. OSCOLA can be used in conjunction with bibliographic software such as Endnote and is becoming the UK national standard for legal citation.



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1 Email from Peter Birks to Sandra Fredman, Law Faculty, Oxford University (16 March 2001).

2 [1995] 1 WLR 1096; [1998] 1 WLR 825; [2001] 1 WLR 194; [2002] 1 WLR 346; TW v A City Council [2011] EWCA Civ 17 [6]-[7].

3 Peter Birks, Notes on a Memorandum for the Graduate Studies Committee, Law Faculty, Oxford University, April 2001.

4 Cathy Jackson and Ian Bradley, “Citing the Law” <> accessed 15 March 2011.

5 ‘Referencing @ Portsmouth’ <> accessed 15 March 2011.

6 Richard, Pears and Graham, Shields, Cite Them Right: The Essential Referencing Guide (8th edn, Palgrave Macmillan 2010).


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  • Sandra Meredith


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