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General Rules
  • Only the first-named plaintiff and first named defendants should be cited
  • Only the first action is cited
  • Full stops are not used in abbreviations
  • Given names and initials are omitted
  • The title of a case is italicized, both within the text and within the footnote even if it is not italicized in the original text
  • Standard abbreviations apply to corporation and company names
    • Refer to Rule 2.1.2 for a table of abbreviations.

Formula - Reported case
  • Footnote number Name v Name (Year) Volume Reporter Starting Page, Pinpoint.

Formula - Unreported case

  • Footnote number Name v Name [Year] Court abbreviation Judgement number (Day Month Year of Decision) Pinpoint.


  • The case name should be omitted in a footnote if the case name appears in full within the sentence pertaining to the footnote.
    • For example:


Law Report Series
  • Law report series are abbreviated according to the standard abbreviations set out in Rule 2.3.2 of the AGLC-3
  • Use square brackets if the report series is organised by year.
  • Use round brackets if the report series is organised by unique volume number.

Multiple Proceedings Between the Same Parties

  • Indicate the decision number in square brackets
  • For example: Baker v Nicholas [No 3] (1988) 165 CLR 601.

Bibliography examples:

  • Cases will appear almost exactly as they do in footnotes, but:
    • Leave out the pinpoint references
    • Do not use a full-stop at the end of the reference
    • List alphabetically by case name within a separate Cases category.
  • For example:
    • Mace v Murray (1955) 92 CLR 370
    • Clement v Australian Bureau of Statistics [2016] FCA 948

Refer to Chapter 2 of the AGLC-3 for more information and examples.

7 The Melbourne University Law Review, The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (Melbourne, Melbourne University Law Review, 3rd ed. 2012) 37.