Quick AGLC


The following summary of rules is intended to assist authors in complying with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation before submitting their piece to the Review for consideration. It is intended as a quick guide only. Many rules are not listed, and any ambiguity should be resolved by reference to a full copy of the AGLC.

General (AGLC3 Chapter 1)

  • All footnotes should end with a full stop. (r 1.1.4)
  • Footnote numbers should appear after the relevant punctuation in the text. (r 1.1.2)
  • Single quotation marks should be used to indicate short quotes. Quotes of more than three lines should be indented from the left margin without quotation marks. (r 1.5.1)
  • Short titles should be in italic text and enclosed in (non-italic) inverted commas and parentheses after the initial citation of a source: (r 1.4.3)
    ('Corporations Act');
    ('Mabo')
  • Authors' names should appear exactly as they do on the source. This may require the same author's name to appear differently in citations of several of their works. Where there are more than three authors, the surname of the author appearing first on the source should be included, followed by 'et al'. (r 1.14.2)
  • Bibliographies should be excluded.

Subsequent References

  • Ibid should be used to refer to a source in the immediately preceding footnote. (r 1.4.1)
  • 'Above n' should be used where a source has been cited in a previous footnote other than the immediately preceding footnote or in the immediately preceding footnote, if it is not the only source in that footnote. 'Above n' should not be used for cases, legislation and parliamentary debates. (r 1.4.2)
  • Citations using 'above n' should appear as follows:
    Author's Surname, above n Footnote Number, Pinpoint .

Cases (AGLC3 Chapter 2)

  • A reported version of a case should be cited in preference to an unreported version. (r 2.3.1)
  • If an authorised report is avaliable, this should be cited in preference to any other reported version.
    eg, CLR, FCR, NSWLR, Qd R, SASR, Tas R, VR, WAR, ACTLR, NTLR;
    NOT: ALR, ALJR, FLR, Fam LR, NTR.
  • Pinpoints should include both the page and paragraph number where available.
  • Judges' names should be included unless apparent from the text.
    Reported (rr 2.1–2.5):
    R v Tang (2008) 237 CLR 1, 7 [1] (Gleeson CJ).
    Medium Neutral (r 2.8.1):
    Quarmby v Keating [2009] TASSC 80 (9 September 2009) [11].
    Unreported Cases without Medium Neutral Citation (r 2.8.2):
    Barton v Chibber (Unreported, Supreme Court of Victoria, Hampel J, 29 June 1989) 3.

Legislative Materials (AGLC3 Chapter 3)

  • Statutes: Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) s 3.
  • Bills: Corporations Amendment Bill (No 1) 2005 (Cth).

Journal Articles (AGLC3 Chapter 4)

  • Andrew Kenyon, 'Problems with Defamation Damages?' (1998) 24 Monash University Law Review 70, 74.
  • Martin Dockray, 'Why Do We Need Adverse Possession?' [1985] Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 272, 275.

Books (AGLC3 Chapter 5)

  • Malcolm N Shaw, International Law (Cambridge University Press, 6th ed, 2008) 578.