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Australian Guide to Legal Citation 4th edition

This is a short guide to the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (4th ed)

Reported cases

A reported case is a judgment that is published in a law report series. According to AGLC4 rule 2.2.2, the authorised version of the report should always be used where available'. For more information, see AGLC4 rule 2 starting at p 39.


Party names Year Volume Law report abbreviation Page number Pinpoint Judicial Officer
Commonwealth v Tasmania (1983) 158 CLR  1 , 291 (Deane J)
  • Case name — italicize party names
  • (Year) — place in brackets
  • Volume number - [in square brackets if the law report series is organised by year]
  • Abbreviation of law report series
  • Commencing page number
  • Pinpoint — this is the specific page number or paragraph you are referring to in the judgment
  • Judicial officer — where a pinpoint is used, you should also indicate the judge or judges in round brackets


  • R v Tang (2008) 237 CLR 1.
  • R v Reid [2007] 1 Qd R 64.
  • Bakker v Stewart [1980] VR 17, 22 (Lush J).
  • Andrew Shelton & Co Pty Ltd v Alpha Healthcare Ltd (2002) 5 VR 577.

Unreported cases

An unreported case is a decision which has not been published in a law report series. Nowadays unreported judgments use a medium neutral style as shown below. For more information, see AGLC4 rule 2.3 starting at p 54.


Party names Year Court abbreviation Judgment number  Pinpoint
Quarmby v Keating [2009] TASSC 80 [11]
  • Party names — italicize party names
  • [Year] — place in square brackets
  • Pinpoint — the pinpoint should be to a paragraph number, and enclosed in square brackets.


  • Sheehy v Hobbs [2012] QSC 333 [46].

Unreported judgments that do not use medium neutral citation

Many pre-1990s unreported judgments will not use a medium neutral citation. 

  • Barton v Chibber (Supreme Court of Victoria, Hampel J, 29 June 1989) 3.