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


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.

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.