Statutory Instrument [from Electronic source using OSCOLA]


A statutory instrument is also known as an SI.

The text of electronic and print versions will be identical, therefore there is no need to give details of the origin of the source you have used.

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.

When looking at legislation online, you should rely on trusted sources such as The Office of Public Sector Information or the British and Irish Legal Information Institute. However, these sites give the law as it was passed and do not reflect repeals and amendments. Even the Statute Law Database is currently only up to date as far as 2002 with its amendments. It is better to use a database such as Lexis Library or Westlaw as you will find that the text you are looking at is consolidated and includes amendments and repeals to within the last month. This means you will be looking at the law as in force.

Standard Form

As a footnote:

Title of Statutory Instrument Year, SI number, Section if required.

Abbreviations of sections of statutory instruments are only to be used in footnotes. When referring to a section of an SI in the text, pinpoint references should be written in full, e.g.

The application of rule 9 of the Town and Country Planning (Enforcement) (Hearings Procedure) (England) Rules 2002, in particular sub-section 9(1)(a), has shown that ...

Regulation 4 of the Education (Student Support) Regulations 2007 states that ...


Building Regulations 2010, SI 2010/2214.

Childcare (Voluntary Registration) Regulations 2007, SI 2007/730, regs 13-17.

Education (Student Support) Regulations, SI 2007/176, reg 4.

Housing Act 2004 (Commencement No. 6)(England) Order 2006, SI 2006/3191, art 2.

Town and Country Planning (Enforcement) (Hearings Procedure) (England) Rules 2002, SI 2002/2684, r 3, 9(1)(a).

6 Working Time Regulations 1998, SI 1998/1833.

Reference List

List statutory instruments in alphabetical order under the heading Legislation and subdivide Legislation into Statutes and Statutory Instruments as appropriate.

No full stop is required at the end of an entry in a Reference List as this is a list.


  • Reference: Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, OSCOLA: Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (4th edn Oxford University 2010) 26-28.