Government department publication including Law Commission Reports [from Electronic source using OSCOLA]

Overview

Bear in mind the general guidance in OSCOLA for secondary sources: if an item has an ISBN, treat is as a book. If it is an electronic source identical to the print version treat it as the print version. Otherwise treat sources without ISBNs in a similar way, but with the title in roman rather than italics and within single quotation marks as for journals. Remember that authors can be corporate or official bodies as well as individuals.

Law Commission Reports

Cite Law Commission reports by title in italics, Law Com number and year. Do the same with Scottish Law Commission reports, giving the Scot Law Com number. For Law Commission consultation papers and Scottish Law Commission discussion papers, give the Law Com CP number or the Scot Law Com DP number. Command paper numbers need not be given.

In either case if you can only access the item in an electronic format with no pagination you need to give the web address (or ‘url’) in angled brackets (< >), followed by the date of most recent access, expressed in the form ‘accessed 1 January 2010’. Include ‘http://’ only if the web address does not begin with ‘www’.  Otherwise treat as if it were the print source. The examples below show two departmental reorts as electronic versions rerieved from the Gov.UK website and two Law Commission examples which are available online as pdfs of the reports presented to Parliament

Standard Form

As a footnote:

Government Department Reports

Author, ‘Title’ (additional information, publisher year) 

Law Commission Reports

Author, Title (Law Com number, year)  for Scots Law Commission number give DP number. Do not give Command paper numbers need not be given.

In either case if you can only access te item in an electronic format with no pagination you need to give the web address (or ‘url’) in angled brackets (< >), followed by the date of most recent access, expressed in the form ‘accessed 1 January 2010’. Include ‘http://’ only if the web address does not begin with ‘www’.  Otherwise treat as if it were the print source.

Examples

Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, 'Queen's or Prince's Consent' (Office of the Parliamenntary Counsel, July 2015)<https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/448163/OP_Queen_s_and_Prince_s_Consent__July_2015_.pdf> accessed 27 November 2015.

Land Registry, 'Adverse Possession of Registered Land' (Practice Guide 4, Land Registry June 2015) <www.gov.uk/government/publications/adverse-possession-of-registered-land/practice-guide-4-adverse-possession-of-registered-land>accessed accessed 27 November 2015.

3 Law Commission, Criminal Law a Criminal Code for England and Wales vol 1 & 2 (Law Com 177, 1989) 12.

 

Scottish Law Commission, Report on Remedies for Breach of Contract (Scot Law Com No 174, 1999) 7.

Reference List

List government department items alphabetically by the name of the department under the heading Secondary Sources, with all the other secondary sources. 

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

With corporate or government agencies authors, the footnote and bibliography entry will look the same, with the exception that a footnote may have a pinpoint page number at the end of the footnote. 

 

Notes

If you wish to use a shortened version of the title in further citations give the short form in brackets at the end of the first citation e.g.

University of Oxford, Report of Commission of Inquiry (OUP 1966) vol 1, ch 3 (Franks Report).

Thereafter in text and footnotes you can refer to the Franks Report.

Reference: Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, OSCOLA: Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (4th edn Oxford University 2010) 39.

 

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