Statutory Instrument [from Print source using APA 5th ed.]

Overview

Because the situation regarding legal references is complex, and only US law is covered in the APA Manual, the following guidance is based on the system recommended by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies. It should not be followed by any student submitting work to the Law Department of Portsmouth Business School, and students working in other departments should consult their lecturers.

A statutory instrument is also known as an SI.

When using legislation in your work you must be clear as to whether or not you are dealing with the law as it was passed by Parliament initially, or the law as in force currently.

Standard Form

Statutory Instruments are not included in reference lists at all. However, on the first mention of a Statutory Instrument a full citation is given stating:

Short title as printed on cover of the instrument (including capitalization as shown but with no italicization) SI Date No. Number

No comma should appear between the title and the date.

Thereafter the short title or an accepted / recognized abbreviation of it can be used without the date if there is no cause for confusion.

When you first mention the Statutory Instrument, give the full reference in your citation, e.g.

...the Working Time Regulations SI 1998 No. 1833...

Thereafter, it could be referred to as:

... the Working Time Regulations...

The main aim in any citation is for clarity.

Examples

Building Regulations SI 2010 No. 2214

Working Time Regulation SI 1998 No. 1833

Citation in Text

A regulation, rule, paragraph or section in a statutory instrument can be cited in the text with the title of the SI for example:

... according to regulation 6(1) of the Working Time Regulations SI 1998 No. 1833 ...

... in paragraph 13 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations SI 1999 No. 3242 ...

or

... according to reg 6(1) of the Working Time Regulations SI 1998 No. 1833 ...

... in para 13 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations SI 1999 No. 3242 ...

Where a reference to a rule, regulation, paragraph or section is the first word in a sentence it is clearer not to use an abbreviation.

If several consecutive rules or regulations are referred to, they can be listed by giving the first and last separated by a dash. If they are not consecutive it is clearer to separate the numbers with commas, e.g.

... in regs 50-60

but

... in reg 4, 7 and 9