Statute (Act) of the Scottish Parliament [from Electronic source using OSCOLA]


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.

Each Act in Scotland is also given an 'asp' number, consusting of a lower-case abbreviation of the words 'Act of the Scottish Parliament' and a running number in the year (e.g. 'asp 13'). The asp number should be given after the year, in brackets.

Standard Form

As a footnote:

Title of Act Date (asp number) Section if required.


Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Act 2006 (asp 7).

Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Act 2003 (asp 18).

Erskine Bridge Tolls Act 2001 (asp 12).

Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 (asp 16).

Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 (asp 1).

Reference List

List Acts 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.